North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service’s Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) program will celebrate its 100th anniversary Wednesday at the McKimmon Center.
The program has reached out to North Carolina families since 1911. The program has provided hot lunch programs to rural schools and electricity to rural citizens. It began with home demonstration canning clubs.
Today, the program provides families with information about budgeting, credit use, health care costs and financial planning.
“What families need now is the same as what they needed in the past – credible information and practical skills to improve their economic opportunity, educational excellence, health and well-being, thus improving their lives and the communities in which they live,” said Marshall Stewart, program leader for FCS at NC State. “Families have the will. FCS has the way.”
Two events will be featured at the McKimmon Center. The first event, from 5-6 p.m., will unveil Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Service, a book that focuses on the program’s history and discusses the role of home demonstration clubs in North Carolina counties.
Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will include a dramatic reading by women in period costume representing four decades: the 1920s, 1940s, 1960s and 1980s.
The program will also induct 25 inaugural members into the Jane S. McKimmon Hall of Fame.