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Wednesday, 16 October 2013 00:00
Unit Asking for County Residents to Share Experiences, Memories
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 Livingston-McLean-Woodford 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 Bobbie Lewis-Sibley, University of Illinois Extension director for the Livingston-McLean-Woodford 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.
“Extension may have its roots in the rural agricultural community, but it has spread its wings to serve suburban and urban audiences as well,” Bobbie Lewis-Sibley said. “Today, our local unit serves three counties, which are uniquely different communities that have evolved over the last several decades.”
Bobbie Lewis-Sibley said they hope to document memories of Extension experiences in all counties from various decades.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 10:09