Throwback Thursday: A Learning Laboratory

For more than a century, researchers at the Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) have been sharing their discoveries and developments with the world. From workshops and classes to publications and presentations, the public has been able to reap the benefits of our research through its practical applications.

These images depict learning at the Lab in its earliest days (click photos to see larger versions). A more recent example of young students problem solving with FPL researchers can be found in this blog post.

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Class participating in a practical kiln drying course, January, 1921.

One of many classes held at FPL to train packaging personnel for the military. More than 16,000 personnel attended 300 courses at FPL or in the field.

One of many classes held at FPL to train packaging personnel for the military. More than 16,000 personnel attended 300 courses at FPL or in the field.

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A wood properties and uses class watches a static bending test. (1930s)