University of Illinois Extension Celebrates 100 Years
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 20, 2013
for County Residents to Share Experiences, Memories
CHARLES, Ill. – 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 DuPage, Kane and Kendall Unit will be collecting
stories, photographs and more this fall.
would like to hear how University of Illinois Extension has been an important
part of your life, family, or community," said Sandra Davis, University of
Illinois Extension director for the DuPage, Kane and Kendall 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."
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 cooperative extension services.
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.
may have its roots in the rural agricultural community, but it has spread its
wings to serve suburban and urban audiences as well," Davis said. "Today, our
local unit serves DuPage, Kane and Kendall counties, which are three diverse
communities that all have evolved over the last several decades."
Davis said they hope to
document memories of Extension experiences in all three counties from various
"We want to know your
connection to Extension," Davis said. "Maybe you are part of a multi-generational
4-H family, or a Master Gardener tending to heirloom tomatoes? We hope to
explore these local pieces of history with the residents we serve. What better
way to commemorate our anniversary?"
To share your story, contact
Rosie Ralston, publicity and promotion specialist for DuPage, Kane and Kendall
counties, at firstname.lastname@example.org or
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