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The Cooperative Extension Service: History

If you're looking for the history of Extension in Indiana, you'll find four great books below from the Purdue University Press. Check out other Press books on agricultural history, gardening, entrepreneurship, plant identification, and more in our Purdue University Press section.

Divided Path, Common Ground: The Story of Mary Matthews and Lella Gaddis, Pioneering Pioneer Women Who Introduced Science into the Home

In the early 1900s, Mary Matthews and Lella Gaddis forged trails for women at Purdue University and throughout Indiana. Mary was the first dean of the School of Home Economics. Lella was Indiana's first state leader of H...


The Queen of American Agriculture: A Biography of Virginia Claypool Meredith (hardback)

Virginia Claypool Meredith's role in directly managing the affairs of a large and prosperous farm in east-central Indiana opened doors that were often closed to women in late nineteenth century America. Her status allowe...


The Grand Old Man of Purdue university and Indiana Agriculture: The Biography of William Carroll Latta

Great people lead great universities. Purdue University is fortunate to count its thirteenth faculty member, William Carroll Latta, as one of those people. Certainly, thirteen proved to be a lucky number for Purdue and a...


For the Good of the Farmer: A Biography of John Harrison Skinner, Dean of Purdue Agriculture

The key role that farming plays in the economy of Indiana today owes much to the work of John Harrison Skinner (1874-1942). Skinner was a pioneering educator and administrator who transformed the study of agriculture at ...