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On Track and On Line: See Extension’s Legacy at Iowa State


AMES, Iowa -- As Iowa State University kicks off its sesquicentennial celebration Saturday, April 21, during VEISHEA, ISU Extension and its many programs will feature historical displays, children’s activities and interactive learning booths, all emphasizing Extension’s role in the land grant mission to carry the university to the people. Here are some of the highlights from the VEISHEA Extension activities and Extension history displays.

On Track: In 1904 Iowa State professor Perry Holden created a traveling exhibit to bring the modern science of corn culture to the attention of Iowa farmers. The Seed Corn Gospel Train ultimately made 50 stops and reached an estimated 30,000 people.

On Line: Iowa State now offers a complete graduate degree in agriculture on the Internet. 

Make Tracks: VEISHEA goers can use their senses to investigate where their food comes from. Find hands-on activities for children with seeds, plants and crafts.

Fast Track: Iowa State offers more than 25 off-campus accredited degree and certificate programs, including a Master of Science in seed technology and business.

Make Tracks: Campus visitors can explore the newly renovated Morrill Hall, named in honor of the Morrill Act of 1862 that established land grant colleges in each state, originally set up to educate people in agriculture, home economics, mechanical arts and other professions practical at the time.

On Track: Seaman Knapp, Iowa State’s second president, authored the bill that became the Hatch Act of 1887, establishing agricultural experiment stations at agricultural colleges.

On Track: In 1906, the Iowa legislature passed an act establishing the Extension Service.  Iowa was the first state to establish funding for Extension.

On Track: In 1914 the Smith-Lever Act established the Cooperative Extension Service.

On Line: ISU Extension has 100 county offices (two in Pottawattamie County). Find all 100 online.

On Track: Jessie Field Shambaugh, known as the Mother of 4-H in Iowa, began teaching at Goldenrod School in Page County where she began before and after school clubs for boys and girls. One activity she used to relate school subjects such as math, science, and literature to real life was gardening.

On Line: Today ISU Extension brings gardening to low resource youth through EFNEP (Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program) and to thousands of Iowa children through 4-H Youth Development community clubs, after school programs, and the Growing in the Garden curriculum.

Make Tracks: Visitors will find gardening activities for children and get expert answers from Master Gardeners to garden questions at the Extension booth.

Stopped in My Tracks: Visitors to Germ City stop in their tracks inside the black tunnel, where they discover the secrets to proper handwashing for good health.

On Track: In the 1950s, the focus of Iowa 4-H club work changed from livestock and home economics to personal growth and development. The life skills of leadership and citizenship received greater emphasis.

On Line: ISU Extension offers more than 60 project areas, as well as statewide and national leadership and citizenship opportunities to 4-H’ers through the 4-H Youth Development program.

Make Tracks: VEISHEA goers can discover how 4-H reaches out to children of Iowa’s soldiers before, during and after deployment through Operation Military Kids

Make Tracks: The Iowa 4-H Center offers hands-on activities during VEISHEA that demonstrate how learning-by-doing can enrich the lives of summer campers.

Contacts :

Carol Ouverson, Extension Communications and Marketing, (515) 294-9640, couverso@iastate.edu