Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center
90 Years of Learning: OSU in Central Oregon, 1911–2001
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For ninety years Oregon State University has provided the people of Central Oregon with a variety of learning opportunities. Oregon State's Extension Service was created in 1911 "with the task of extending to the people of the State the advantages of this institution." Initially, extension provided itinerant short courses around the state, including Central Oregon, on various topics in agriculture and home economics. With the establishment of extension offices in Crook County in 1914 and Deschutes County in 1919, a broader range of assistance and instruction was available to Central Oregon, including the Industrial Clubs that were the forerunner of 4-H

The creation of the Central Oregon Experiment Station in the late 1940s and an extension office at the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Indian Reservation in 1955 resulted in new learning opportunities. More recently, OSU has offered a variety of continuing and distance education classes, and for twenty years a liberal studies degree program in Bend.

The photographs in this exhibit provide an historical glimpse into the unique partnership that OSU and Central Oregon have forged over the past ninety years in order to provide the region's people with a compelling learning experience.

This exhibit was developed by the staff of the OSU Archives. Most of the photographs came from the University Archives' holdings of photographs pertaining to OSU and its activities.