Family & Consumer Sciences Celebrates 100 Years

— Written By N.C. Cooperative Extension

A special event on June 26 at Burke Agricultural Building will mark the 100th anniversary of North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service’s Family & Consumer Sciences program. Burke County will honor current and former members of Home Demonstration, Extension Homemaker, Extension & Community Association and retired or former Extension Agents at a celebration tea party from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

Burke’s Centennial Tea Party celebration will highlight the history of the home demonstration program in Burke County through pictorial history and displays and tea party foods prepared by the Nouveau and Fresh Connections Extension & Community Association clubs.

We encourage former Extension Homemakers to call Burke Extension Center at 828-439-4460 or email Eleanor Summers today, to let us know your current address and phone number to receive a personal invitation to join in Burke’s Centennial Celebration. Reservations are needed by Monday, June 20 from guests and friends.

1911 marked the beginning of the home demonstration program in North Carolina that later became “home economics” and is known today as family and consumer sciences. The Agricultural Extension Service in Burke County began about 1912, and the first home economics extension agent began work in 1931. Burke County “Home Demonstration” clubs were first organized in 1938.

The statewide centennial kicked off May 25 at the Jane S. McKimmon Center in Raleigh. Ceremonies included the unveiling of a book on North Carolina FCS’s 100-year history, Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Service. Chapters highlight statewide accomplishments during each decade to show the impact of the program. Outstanding or innovative county programs and Home Demonstration—Extension Homemaker—Extension & Community Association special projects are highlighted to provide a glimpse of those impacts at the county level. Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Service is available for $40 from Burke County Extension Office.

Eleanor Summers
Extension Agent
Family & Consumer Sciences