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100 Years of Extension

University of Illinois Extension is celebrating 100 years! Here is a collection of historical photos, posters, circulars, reports, and more, showcasing Extension's work over the past century.
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Kankakee County Farm Adviser John Collier, pictured here in 1912, assisted farmers in improving their productivity and profitability. Farm Advisers, who traveled the countryside testing the soil of Farm Bureau members, suggested crop rotations, limestone or other soil amendments and advising on animal husbandry practices.

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1936 Kitchen Tour Home: 'A kitchen sink with drainpipe and electricity from a home plant serve to make this home fairly adequate although the house is heated by stoves. The plumbing and the cupboards were self-installed by the family. They are gradually improving the house through keeping of home account records.'

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During WWII, victory gardens became a means for non-military citizens to assist in wartime efforts by supplementing their rations with fresh vegetables from the garden.

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Victory Farming During WWII, 1942 Circular

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1956 4-H Club Home Calendar

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1950s 4-H Camp Songs

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4-H Officer's Handbook, 1952

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Homemakers touring remodeled kitchens in 1936.

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RURAL ELECTRIFICATION: This familiar power line design was new in the 1930s and made rural electrification more efficient.

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Boys fishing off the dock at 4-H Memorial Camp, 1951.

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