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Casper Fair Exhibition Highlights UW Extension’s 100th Anniversary

July 8, 2014
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Taken north of Rock Springs in 1929, “Our way of getting to a farm meeting,” is among photos in the exhibition highlighting University of Wyoming Extension’s 100th anniversary. (UW Extension)

A traveling exhibition on display at Casper’s Central Wyoming Fair and Rodeo through July 12 highlights 100 years of Wyoming residents striving to improve their lives.

University of Wyoming Extension’s interactive exhibition includes touch-screen technology and standing presentation boards showing its engagement with citizens since 1913.

The effects of world wars, the Depression and drought are shown, but also those issues with a Wyoming touch: One woman rode a horse 10 miles in a blizzard to get to a hat-making workshop in Cokeville in 1922. One workshop attendee said she had not had a hat in seven years.

“I was amazed at the history of Extension and how our roots were in agriculture, but we’ve branched out with different types of programming,” says Hannah Swanbom, community development educator with extension for Natrona, Niobrara and Converse counties. She joined extension in 2012. “It’s interesting to see 100 years ago what the programs were and how we’ve grown, but stayed true to our roots.”

The exhibition will be displayed at the Wyoming State Fair and Rodeo in Douglas this August and in various counties throughout the year.

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