Happy 100th Birthday Extension!

For 100 years, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension has been elevating youth, families, farms and communities in Nebraska. It’s something to be proud of and we are! Dr. Lindsay gives a little background on the centennial. Enjoy!

Agricultural with Dr. Lindsay

On May 8, Land-Grant Universities will be celebrating the 100th Birthday of Extension — 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act!


Before I tell you  about the Smith-Lever Act, let me backtrack a minute and tell you about the Morrill Act. The Morrill Act (named after Vermont Congressman Justin Morrill) was signed into place on July 2, 1862 by President Abraham Lincoln. It was officially titled “An Act Donating Public Lands to the Several States and Territories which may provide Colleges for the Benefit of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts.” The Morrill Act provided each state with 30,000 acres of federal land for each member in their Congressional delegation. The land was then sold by the states and the proceeds were used to fund public colleges that focused on agriculture and mechanical arts. Sixty-nine colleges were funded by these land grants (aka Land-Grant Universities (great map at this…

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Head Lice No-Nit Policies

The last couple weeks, I have given several head lice presentations to childcare provider groups.  Two important organizations (American Academy of Pediatrics; National Association of School Nurses) are discouraging the use of no-nit policies to send students home, instead of keeping them in school where they can learn and keep up with their classmates.  This makes sense because nits (eggs) are hard to identify with certainty, nits can’t transfer from one child to another and lice don’t transmit diseases.  For more information, check out: http://lancaster.unl.edu/pest/lice/headlice018.shtml


Family Journals – a Shared Legacy

Grandpa and Granddaughter working on a laptop

Creating a family journal can be a great project for the whole family.

My dad didn’t talk about his experiences during the Korean War until he went on the Nebraska Korean War Honor Flight this spring. It was an amazing experience and has given veterans like my dad, a long overdue opportunity to share their stories.

Every family has a story.  Everyone’s journey is unique and an important shared legacy for families.

Whether you write a journal about yourself or help an elderly family member, you don’t have to do it all at once. You can start small with important dates, events and then let the memories and stories begin. Involve the entire family if you want – make this a family project. Take your time and enjoy the process.

Think about your own life and the lives of your family and how you might want to record your family legacy. If you aren’t sure how to start, read the UNL Extension NebGuide, Family Journal. You’ll find resources and tips to make the process easier.


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