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 Extension Homemakers - Howard County, Indiana

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Extension HomemakersWe believe in the present and its opportunities, in the future and its promises, in everything that makes life large and lovely, in the divine joy of living and helping others; and so we endeavor to pass on to others that which has benefited us, striving to go onward and upward, reaching the pinnacle of economic perfection, in improving, enlarging and endearing the greatest institution in the world, the home.

The state creed of the Indiana Extension Homemakers, adopted in 1930, was written by Mrs. C. W. Horne of Hendricks County.

  • In 1863 Purdue University was selected as Indiana’s Land Grant University, tasked to extend education to the people where they live; Purdue became the home of the Cooperative Extension Service in Indiana.
  • In 1913 the state Home Economics Association was organized in Indiana which was closely affiliated with the Farmers’ Institutes, the women’s auxiliaries that grew out of that movement, and 4-H clubs.
  • In 1923 Home Economics Extension work in Indiana was reorganized; two members from each club were selected to take training from Purdue specialists, and they in turn presented the lessons to their club.
  • In 1933 a campaign was launched for having a Home Economics Club in every township.
  • In 1951 Indiana Home Economics Association changed to Indiana Home Demonstration Association.
  • In 1968 the Indiana Home Demonstration Association was renamed the Indiana Extension Homemakers.

In Howard County the work started in 1922 when County Agent Calvin Perdue called a meeting to organize a Home Economics Association club in every township; only six townships responded. An instructor from Purdue University gave a lesson on making dress forms. By 1926 several clubs were functioning and Mrs. Joe Albright of Taylor Township was elected the first president of Howard County’s Home Economics Association. By the early 1950s, over 30 Home Demonstration Clubs existed in Howard County. The number of clubs continued to grow to over 45 and the county adopted the name change to Extension Homemakers.

In 2011, the Genealogy & Local History Department at the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library borrowed some of the Howard County Extension Homemaker historical booklets stored at the Extension Office. Digital images were captured and data is being entered into the Howard County Memory Project for all to enjoy; additional items will be added as time permits. Click here to view the collection. 

The Cooperative Extension Service is one of the nation’s largest providers of scientific research-based information and education. It’s a network of colleges, universities, and the U. S. Department of Agriculture, serving communities and countries across America. The Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service program areas are Agriculture and Natural Resources, Health and Human Sciences, Economic and Community Development, and 4-H Youth.

Purdue Extension is . . . Knowledge to Go. Purdue Extension is a service tailored to meet the needs of Indiana. Purdue’s educators, specialists, and volunteers live and work in all 92 Indiana counties and provide the link between Land Grant research and Indiana citizens, providing practical solutions to local issues.
Purdue Extension Mission Statement: We deliver practical, research-based information that transforms lives and livelihoods.
Purdue Extension Vision Statement: We will be a leader in providing relevant, high-impact educational programs that transform the lives and livelihoods of individuals and communities in Indiana and the world.

The Health and Human Sciences branch, formerly Home Economics, and Consumer & Family Sciences, of the Extension Service at Purdue University is designed to help communities analyze, identify and meet the needs of families. The Extension specialists and Extension educators train volunteers and paraprofessionals to assist in areas of critical concern to families, motivate people to become leaders in addressing community issues, and collaborate with agencies, community organizations, and educational groups to address the needs of families.

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