Extension Services Celebrate 100 Years

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Extension Services Celebrate 100 Years


Byline: Submitted by University of Illinois Extension-McHenry County

University of Illinois Extension units across the state are celebrating a century of serving Illinois communities. In an effort to document the local history of Extension, the McHenry County Extension Unit will be collecting stories, photographs and more this fall.

"We would like to hear how University of Illinois Extension has been an important part of your life, family, or community," said James Reaves, University of Illinois Extension director for the McHenry County Unit.

"Help us record an important piece of history in our counties and commemorate the 100-year legacy of University of Illinois Extension and its impact on the people it serves."

The statewide celebration kicked off earlier this year and continues through the spring of 2014, which coincides with the 100-year anniversary of the signing of the Smith-Lever Act that established the Cooperative Extension Service.

University of Illinois Extension played an important role in many major events in history -- from the adoption of hybridized corn and the creation of rural electric cooperatives to the start of the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program and the introduction of Telenet, the first distance-learning system. …

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