Thursday, May 8, 2014 has been proclaimed the Centennial Celebration Year of the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service in Jackson County by County Commissioners on Wednesday, April 30.
This day marks 100 years since the United States Congress signed the Smith-Lever Act to establish the Cooperative Extension System, the nationwide transformative education system operating through land-grant universities in partnership with federal, state, and local governments.
The Smith-Lever Act provided that cooperative agricultural Extension work shall consist of the development of practical applications of research knowledge and giving of instruction and demonstration of existing or improved practices of technologies and carrying out these functions in the spirit and rich tradition of the land-grant university mission.
According to Oklahoma Statute 70, Subsection 3418, the Board of Regents for the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College shall organize and conduct agricultural Extension work under the direction of Oklahoma State university.
The partnership of Oklahoma State university and all 77 counties embodies the true meaning of combining resources and knowledge to extend to the people of Oklahoma wherever they live and work.
Districts 1, 2, and 3, County Commissioners, on behalf of the people of Jackson County, want to sincerely thank the Oklahoma State university faculty and staff and the county, district, and area educators for continuing the 100 year mission of extending knowledge and changing lives throughout Oklahoma.
On May 8, 1989 the Jackson County OSU Extension Office Staff buried a time capsule in celebration of the 75th year in existence of the Cooperative Extension Service.
“I guess one could say, ‘How quickly time flies,” Strickland said, as the current Jackson County Extension Office Staff, who will lead the digging up of the 1989 capsule and place a new 2014 capsule along with it in celebration of the Centennial Year. The capsule will be dug up on the east side of the Jackson County Courthouse, 10 a.m., Monday, May 5.
Following will be a celebration at the “How To Palace” located immediately east of the Jackson County Courthouse in the Abby Lane Store and at the Jackson County Courthouse.
Following is the schedule for the day:
* 10 to 11:30 a.m. : Digging up and opening of the 1989 time capsule and a come and go reception in the How To Palace hosted by Jackson County HCE Clubs
* 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – A open hamburger and hot dog lunch for visitors of the celebration, also held at the How To Palace.
* 4 to 5 p.m. – Burying of the new time capsule and release of celebration balloons by county 4-Her’s on the east side of the Jackson County Courthouse. There will be cake and punch for this event.
Strickland indicated all of Jackson County’s OSU Extension Supporters are invited and welcome to attend. However, he said, the event is open to our county community and we encourage folks to stop by and visit with us as we look at the past and present of Jackson County OSU Extension.