University of Illinois Extension celebrates 100 years

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 10:57 a.m. CST

WOODSTOCK – University of Illinois Extension units across the state are celebrating a century of serving Illinois communities.

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," James Reaves, University of Illinois Extension director for the McHenry County Unit, said in a news release.

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

"We want to know your connection to Extension," Reaves said. "Maybe you are part of a multigenerational 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 a story, call McHenry County Extension at 815-338-3737.

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