University of Wyoming Extension News

Traveling exhibit at Casper fair highlights UW Extension’s 100th anniversary

Hannah Swnbom

UW Extension educator Hannah Swanbom

One hundred years of Wyoming residents striving to improve their lives is reflected in a traveling exhibit on display at the Central Wyoming Fair and Rodeo in Casper through July 12.

The University of Wyoming Extension’s interactive exhibit includes touchscreen technology and standing presentation boards showing its engagement with citizens since 1913.

The effects of world wars, the Depression and drought are shown but also those issues with a Wyoming touch – one woman rode a horse 10 miles in a blizzard to get to a hat-making workshop in Cokeville in 1922. One workshop attendee said she had not had a hat in seven years.

“I was amazed at the history of extension and how our roots were in agriculture but we’ve branched out with different types of programming,” said Hannah Swanbom, community development educator with extension for Natrona, Niobrara and Converse counties. She joined extension in 2012. “It’s interesting to see 100 years ago what the programs were and how we’ve grown but stayed true to our roots.”

The exhibit will be displayed at the Wyoming State Fair and Rodeo in Douglas this August and in various counties throughout the year.