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Cooperative Extension “extends” the educational opportunities of the land-grant university to the public through its agents and specialist faculty working in all parts of the Commonwealth. In 1914, the U.S. Department of Agriculture established the Cooperative Extension Service. This effort was based on the work of Seaman Knapp, the founder of farm demonstration work. Long before this, many institutes, including Virginia Tech, conducted Extension-type work through organized Farmer Institutes and the collaborative local demonstration of research through the agricultural experiment stations. In 1923, the Extension administration was moved from Horticultural Hall to a newly built Sandy Hall. This building was named after T. O. Sandy, Virginia’s first agricultural Extension agent and a pioneer in farm demonstration work. Today the building is used as a surge building for departments vacating buildings under renovation across campus.


Sandy Hall Sandy Hall – built in 1923 as the Extension Administration Building

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Land Grant @ 150

In 1862, Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act and created the land-grant university system. With the sweep of his pen, Lincoln made education more accessible, shaping the future of a young United States.

Virginia Tech celebrates this land-grant heritage 150 years later.

Calendar of Events

2012 Exhibits

The Morrill Act and Virginia Tech

Reception and opening
July 11, 4:30 pm
Newman Library, 2nd floor

Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War

September 5-October 19
Newman Library, 1st floor

2012 Lincoln Lectures

A Man Called Lincoln

James I. Robertson
September 6

The Age of Lincoln, Then and Now

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Saving the Last Best Hope on Earth: Lincoln and the Constitution

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An Inestimable Jewel: Abraham Lincoln and Civil War Era Constitutional Amendments

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October 8