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Purdue Extension: Spring has finally sprung

By Jennifer Cannon, M.S. CHES, Extension Educator

For some the onset of spring brings forth a time to plan vacations, spend time with family members and friends, and most importantly… a time to sit back and enjoy the flowers. Therefore, in efforts of celebrating and welcoming, the spring season we (Purdue Extension) and Indiana Extension Homemakers invite you to our annual Spring Dessert event taking place Thursday, April 20, 2017, 7:00 PM, Putnam County Fairgrounds. The spring dessert event hosted by Indiana Extension Homemakers Association club Tuesday Tigers, assisted by Allspice, will include a time of enjoyment and delicate delights. This year’s theme will focus on “The Secret of Life is enjoying the Passage of Time”. Our keynote speaker is Barbara Steinson, DePauw University Professor.

Barbara Steinson taught women’s history and twentieth-century US history at DePauw University from 1978 to 2016. She served as President of the Indiana Association of Historians, and a six-year term as Co-Coordinator of the Rural Women’s Studies Association. Barbara completed a series of essays on rural Indiana with funding provided by the Indiana Historical Society. Her speech entitled Sharing Our Stories, Sharing Our Lives: the Indiana Extension Homemakers’ Oral History Project will talk about methods and results of the Indiana Extension Homemakers Association’s oral history project in the early 1980’s. With training by the Indiana Historical Society and leadership by Eleanor Arnold, over 300 IEHA women throughout the state conducted interviews with friends, relatives, and neighbors. This effort resulted in six edited volumes filled with poignant, humorous, and matter of-fact recollections of life in early twentieth-century Indiana. While their families were first, women repeatedly emphasized the loving sisterhood they experienced in their “Home Ec” clubs.

Today, Indiana Extension Homemakers “Home Ec” clubs continuously give to the county, and their neighborhoods through contributions of time, finances, lessons learned, and fun! In fact, each month Extension

Homemakers participate in an educational lesson approved and often times taught by Jennifer Cannon, the Health and Human Science Extension Educator. Therefore, they are always willing to share their wisdom and information learned through life. So please join us on Thursday, April 20, 2017, 7:00 PM, Putnam County Fairgrounds to celebrate spring and learn more. All are welcome and invited to attend.

Visit our homepage at www.extension. purdue.edu/putnam or you can contact the local Purdue Extension Office by calling 765.653.8411 for more information regarding this week’s column topic or to RSVP for upcoming events. It is always best to call first to assure items are ready when you arrive and to RSVP for programs. While many publications are free, some do have a fee. Purdue University is an equal access/equal opportunity institution. All times listed are Eastern Time.

Upcoming Events:

April 12- Beginner’s Guide to Grant Writing Day 2, York Auto Community Building

April 14 – Extension Office closed

April 20 – Diagnosing Plant Diseases for the Average Person webinar, 12 Noon, Register at https://ag.purdue.edu/ Extension/wia/Pages/webinars. aspx

April 20- Indiana Extension Homemakers Association Spring Dessert, 7:00 PM, Putnam County Fairgrounds, York Community Building

April 27 - Gardener Gatherings – Vegetable Gardening 101, Extension Office, 6:30-7:30 PM, Register at 765-653-8411

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