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University of Illinois Extension Celebrates 100 Years

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 20, 2013

Unit Asking for County Residents to Share Experiences, Memories

ST. 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.

"We 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."

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 cooperative extension services.

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.

"Extension 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 decades.

"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 rralston@illinois.edu or at 630-553-5823.

University of Illinois Extension provides educational programs and research-based information to help Illinois residents improve their quality of life, develop skills and solve problems. For more information about University of Illinois Extension, visit http://web.extension.illinois.edu/dkk/. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.

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