While North Carolina Cooperative Extension has been celebrating its official centennial with its national peers throughout 2014, the state agency’s roots go deeper than that. Its first county Extension agent was hired 107 years ago this week.
Friends and employees of North Carolina Cooperative Extension came to Raleigh May 19-20 to celebrate Extension’s centennial with a barbecue dinner, legislative advocacy and the signing of a proclamation declaring May 20 as N.C. Cooperative Extension Day. More than 1,000 people were on hand Monday evening at the N.C. State Fairgrounds Expo Center for dinner and a program celebrating Extension’s past, present and future. This month marks 100 years since the signing of the Smith-Lever Act that created Extension programs across the country.
UNC-TV’s North Carolina NOW has aired the first in a series of stories about the history and programs of N.C. Cooperative Extension’s centennial.
North Carolina’s Extension and Community Association celebrates 100 years of home demonstration programs.
Throughout 2014 as North Carolina Cooperative Extension celebrates its 100th birthday, watch for news and learn more about the organization through Extension’s centennial website: ncce100years.ces.ncsu.edu.
North Carolina Cooperative Extension will hold a centennial gala Oct. 27 in Raleigh to celebrate 100 years of home demonstration programs in North Carolina, now know as Extension and Community Associations. Extension invites former Extension Homemaker Club members, current members of ECA and those involved with Extension’s family and consumer sciences program to attend this historic event at N.C. State University’s McKimmon Center.