- Associated Press - Monday, May 5, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension is commemorating its 100-year history with an exhibit at the New Hampshire State Library in Concord.

The exhibit, titled “Bringing the University to You: A Century of Service to the Granite State,” opens May 7 and runs through June 30.

The extension has a presence in all 10 counties in New Hampshire. It runs workshops on farming, pruning, pesticides, forestry and wildlife, among others. It works closely with 4-H clubs, farmers and business owners.

The exhibit will feature tools and equipment from the extension’s early years, projects engineered by 4-H students and photographs of M. Gale Eastman - the extension’s first agriculture agent - and astronaut Alan Shepard, a former 4-H member. The display will include a pictorial journey through the extension’s work.

The exhibit will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The library will be closed Memorial Day.

“Not many organizations have had such a long history and important effect on our state,” said John Porter, historian and UNH Cooperative Extension professor emeritus. “This display will shed light on the often behind-the-scenes work that has had a tremendous impact on our state’s people, economy and natural resources.”

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