Hull Historical Museum Debuts Birthplace of Extension Exhibit


August 3, 2023, 11:16 am | Kiley Biedenfeld, Cheryl Heronemus

ORANGE CITY, Iowa – Starting in August, the Hull Historical Museum in Hull is featuring a new local exhibit, a tribute to former Northwest Iowa farmers who had a hand in establishing the Extension Service – what we know today as Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

In 1858, Iowa Agricultural College was established, and in 1862, the Morrill Act provided each state a grant of federal land to lease or fund a university providing knowledge for the people. In 1903, Hull farmers inquired if the Ames-based college’s research applied to crops and farming practices in Northwest Iowa. The rest, as they say, is history.

“Hull has long been recognized as the birthplace of extension in Iowa,” said Cheryl Heronemus, regional director with ISU Extension and Outreach. “This summer, with the help of our Rising Star Interns, we created a permanent exhibit to highlight Hull’s part in establishing an organization that now benefits so many."

Birth of an Idea extension display at Hull, Iowa.The “Birthplace of an Idea” exhibit will be on display at the Hull Historical Museum beginning this August and continuing for an indefinite amount of time.

Individuals interested in viewing the exhibit can stop by the museum any Wednesday afternoon between 1-4 p.m.

Visitors are encouraged to pay special attention to the “Sioux County Farmers Institute Program,” a document listing the names of individuals who helped to birth the idea of extension in February 1903.

“We ask that you take a look at the list of names and leave us a note if you know of or have a connection to the individuals on the program,” Heronemus said. “We’d love to forge connections with our extension founders’ family, friends and neighbors.”

For more information about the exhibit or ISU Extension and Outreach, visit the Hull Historical Museum or call Cheryl Heronemus at 712-737-4230.

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