Resource Information on Extension's History for County Use

The Extension Centennial Committee produced a series of short stories that celebrate Extension’s past while pointing to its future. You are free to use them as you would like. They are appropriate for newsletters or your local newspaper. The stories are general to the state, but you may wish to localize them with county facts and connections from your county archives.  The stories are online at  Select Tool Kit, scroll down to Centennial Stories.

  • OSU Extension to Celebrate 100 years of Service
  • Creating Youth Leaders – 4-H
  • Extension Serves Oregon’s Diverse Agriculture
  • Extension – Adapting Informal Education to Needs for 100 Years
  • Building Community Leaders through OSU Extension Service
  • A 100 Year Focus on Oregon Families
  • Extension and Homeland Security
  • Applying the Land Grant Model to the Sea

The OSU Archives provide another source of historic information and photos relevant to your county. You can access this material by going to the Centennial website clicking on the Tool Kit, scroll to Archives and seclect University Digital Photo Archives: How to Access County Specific Digital Photos (instructions). This document provides the link to the University photo archive and instructions  As you locate historical photos you would like to use, the online version is suitable for e-newsletters and similar publications. For use in print publications and physical displays, you can order high resolution versions from the Archives reference desk at

And, if you would like to know more about the history of Extension in Oregon and your county office, or find dates of your county's first agent, (see appendix at the end of the document), you can download a pdf copy of the complete book "The Oregon State University Federal Cooperative Extension Service, 1911-1961, by F. L. Ballard.