Canning class, University of Wisconsin, ca. 1909.
October is American Archives Month, and in Wisconsin, this year’s Archives Month theme is “100 Years of the Wisconsin Idea.” The Wisconsin Idea is the philosophy that the boundaries of the campus are the boundaries of the state—in other words, that the university has a duty to reach out beyond the classroom and to improve the quality of life for all people in Wisconsin.
One of the programs that exemplifies the Wisconsin Idea is the University of Wisconsin-Extension, which offers programming to meet the needs of Wisconsin people and communities. Early Extension efforts included courses for women in home canning, food sanitation, nutrition, dressmaking, and other home economics subjects.
via: School of Human Ecology: A Centennial Celebration, by way of Wisconsin Historical Society and University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
read more: Ruth Dickie, “Women and cooperative home economics extension,” Chapter 10 in Wisconsin Women, Graduate School, and the Professions (1980)
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