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Randolph County Members Make Mattresses

March 28, 2014

Water Valley Mattresses1941


This picture shows EHC (Home Demonstration Club) members and helpers in 1941 in Water Valley in Randolph County Arkansas.  The members are in front of the building in which they made their mattresses in 1941 as an EHC (Home Demonstration Club) project for their community.

This picture was shared with Randolph County FCS Agent, Dana Kelly after a presentation she made concerning the Smith-Lever Act.  This act was passed by the Federal Government 100 years ago this year giving the Extension Service funds to run their program and pay their County Agents.  This building is still standing in Randolph County

Elizabeth Hill’s Speaking Schedule

March 18, 2014

Elizabeth Griffin Hill, who researched our history and wrote A Splendid Piece of Work 1912 – 2012: One Hundred Years of Arkansas’s Home Demonstration and Extension Homemakers Clubs, will be speaking to local historical societies and other groups throughout Arkansas during 2014.  We will update her schedule on about the fifteenth of each month.  Elizabeth’s goal for 2014 is to ensure that copies of this vital piece of Arkansas women’s history are in libraries in every county.  We encourage all Extension Homemakers to come to Elizabeth’s presentations and support her as she introduces our history to our fellow Arkansans.  (Elizabeth invites all Extension homemakers to follow A Splendid Piece of Work on Facebook at

Elizabeth‘s Schedule as of March 18, 2014

BaxterCounty Historical and Genealogical Society Meeting

Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 6:00 p.m.

BaxterCounty Library (Knox Room), Mountain Home, AR                           Contact: David W. Benedict at

Boone County’s Monday at the Museum

Monday, March 31, 2014, 6:30 p.m.

BooneCountyHeritageMuseum, Harrison, AR

Contact: 870-741-3312

(We understand that Extension Homemakers in BooneCounty are providing refreshments!)

Arkansas Historical Association Annual Conference

Friday, April 4, 2014, 11:10 a.m. in the WashingtonMethodistChurch.

Historic Washington State Park, AR

(Go to Arkansas Historical Association website at for conference

information and registration.  Cost is $10.00 for registration, but you must

register online by March 20.  Check with the organizers for an extension to

attend one session.)

CrawfordCounty Genealogical Society

Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 1:00 p.m. Alma Public Library (back meeting room)                                                                                                                                          

624 Fayetteville Avenue, Alma, AR

Contact: 479-632-4140

Montgomery County EHC Spring Council Meeting

Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 9:30 a.m. (Elizabeth will speak at about 11:00 a.m.)

LakeOuachitaBaptistChurchFamilyCenter (around back)

Six miles outside of Mt.Ida towards Hot Springs

Contact: Johnette Johnson, 870-867-4935

Old State House Brown Bag Luncheon

Arkansas Heritage Month Presentation

“Arkansas’s Home Demonstration Clubs: Our History of Food through Gardening, Preserving, and Reaching Out to Desperate Communities”

Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 12:00 noon

300 West Markham, Little Rock, AR

Contact: 501-324-9675

(Bring your lunch; soft drinks and water provided.)

BentonCounty Historical Society

 Sunday, June 8, 2014, 2:30 p.m.

1866 BentonvilleSchool House, 306 NW Second, Bentonville, AR


OuachitaCounty Historical Society

Monday, June 16, 2014, 6:30 p.m.

Restored Leake-InghamBuilding (adjacent to McCollum-Chidester House)926 Washington Street NW, Camden, AR

Contact: David Reynolds at

PerryCounty Historical & Genealogical Society

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

Max Milam Library (meeting room on west end), Perryville, AR


Elizabeth Hill’s 2014 Presentation Schedule

March 8, 2014
Elizabeth Hill’s Scheduled Presentations for 2014

Elizabeth Hill is the author of the book “A Splendid Piece of Work – 1912 - 2012” telling the story of Arkansas’s early Demonstration Agents.  Please feel free to check out her schedule and attend any of her presentations.  Elizabeth will appreciate your support as she travels around telling this story and bringing attention to the hard work of Demonstration Agents of that time and the women who came to learn from them. Schedule will be updated as more presentations are added.

Elizabeth loved visiting with Extension homemakers for speaking engagements during April in Baxter, Boone, Crawford, and Montgomery counties!  Thanks for the invitation!

Elizabeth‘s Updated Speaking Schedule for 2014


Fulton County EHC Spring Council Meeting

Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 11:00 a.m.

Fulton County Fairgrounds

Salem, AR




Old State House Brown Bag Lunch

Arkansas Heritage Month Presentation

Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 12:00 noon

300 West Markham

Little Rock, AR

Contact: 501-324-9675

(Bring your lunch; soft drinks and water provided.)


Clark County Historical Association

Tuesday, June 3, 2014, 12:00 noon

Western Sizzlin’ Restaurant

At I-30, Arkadelphia exit 73

Arkadelphia, AR

Contact:  Davis Sesser at


Benton County Historical Society

Sunday, June 8, 2014, 2:30 p.m.

1866 Bentonville School House

306 NW Second

Bentonville, AR



Ouachita County Historical Society

Monday, June 16, 2014, 6:30 p.m.

Restored Leake-Ingham Building

(adjacent to McCollum-Chidester House)

926 Washington Street NW

Camden, AR

Contact: David Reynolds at


Craighead County Historical Society

Monday, October 6, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall

Jonesboro, AR

Contact: Roberta Sloan at 870-935-6838


Perry County Historical & Genealogical Society

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

Max Milam Library (meeting room on west end)

Perryville, AR



Heritage Seekers (genealogy/historical club)

An upcoming 4th Monday, 7:00 p.m.

Laman Library

2801 Orange Street (corner of Orange and Pershing Blvd.)

North Little Rock, AR

Contact: Mary Evans,



Mississippi County Holds Fall Council Meeting

March 8, 2014

Submitted by:  Pam Pruett, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent Miss. Co.

Mississippi County Extension Homemakers observed their annual fall county council meeting with a celebration featuring Elizabeth Hill, the author of A Splendid Piece of Work: 1912-2012, One Hundred Years of Arkansas’s Home Demonstration and Extension Homemakers Clubs.  Last year  the county council presented an autographed copy of the book to Jay Ziolko, Mississippi County Library Systems Director, to be placed in the Arkansas room.

The author shared her journey of researching and writing her book while a student in a Master’s Degree program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Mrs. Hill based her book on historical documents written primarily by county extension agents found in historical archives.

Mississippi County Extension Homemakers are continuing to carry out the rich tradition of making their community a better place in which to live through developing their own personal leadership skills and participating in community volunteer activities. The four Mississippi County Extension Homemakers Clubs are open to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status. The Mississippi County Clubs with their meeting information are as follows:  Dogwood Club meets the second Tuesday of the month at Dixie Pig in Blytheville at 1:00p.m., Cotton Belles Club meets the second Monday of the month in the homes of members at 5:00p.m., Gosnell Club meets the fourth Saturday of the month at the Gosnell Community Center in Gosnell at 9:00-11:00a.m., and Manila Club meets the second Thursday of the month in the homes of members at noon.

“Extension Homemakers Clubs have always been a part of my life,” stated Lorelei Boyd, a member of the Gosnell EHC since 1969. “I grew up with my mother and aunts being actively involved in the educational, leadership, and community volunteer activities promoted through Extension Homemakers Clubs in MississippiCounty and Arkansas. My daughter was a member until she moved to another state,” continued Boyd. She shared that her club members encouraged her to overcome her tendency to be shy and to develop her personal leadership skills on the local, regional, and state levels of EHC. Her active participation in EHC also facilitated her passion for helping others through the workplace and involvement in community volunteerism activities Boyd encourages others to consider joining Mississippi County Extension Homemakers Clubs.

For more information on the Mississippi County Extension Homemakers program, please contact Pam Pruett, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service Family and Consumer Sciences Agent at 870-762-2075 or

Miss. Co. EHC Fall 2013 Meeting-E. Hill (2)

Elizabeth Hill (behind podium), Author of A Splendid Piece of Work: 1912-2012, One Hundred Years of Arkansas’s Home Demonstration and Extension Homemakers Clubs, was the guest speaker at the Fall Mississippi County Extension Homemakers County Council Meeting. Also pictured are Miss. Co. EHC  County Council  officers (from left to right): Lou Conley, Frances Ivy, Marilyn Shearin and Carolyn Smallwood.

Carolyn Morris presented State-Wide Fair Board Award

February 14, 2014

Carolyn Morris, our very own State Treasurer of AEHC received the Arkansas Fair Managers Association “Work Horse” Award at the January 16th Arkansas Fair Managers Meeting in Hot Springs.  The award is given to an individual who works hard for the local Fair Association, above and beyond the call of duty.   Carolyn spends many hours during fair time and during the year as Secretary/Treasurer of the Yell County Association.   She is a member and works hard for many other organizations.   She is also a member of the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce where the award was presented. Mayor Steve Pfeifer was on hand to say a few words on behalf of the City of Danville and offer his congratulations.   Special guests attending the ceremony were Vickie and Greg Johnson, Carolyn’s daughter and son-in-law of Maumelle.

AEHC Budget & Finance Committee Meets To Set Budget for Next Year

February 14, 2014
Picture shows the 2014 AEHC Budget Committee hard at work preparing the proposed  budget for next year July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. The budget will be voted on by the AEHC Board of Directors at the 2014 Annual State Meeting in June at Hot Springs. 

Budget Com. Meeting

Pictured left to right is: Barbara  
Boeh, Johnson County, Cathy Horton,  
Cleburne County, Kaye Green, 
Cleveland  County, and  AEHC 
President, Mary Fisher, Yell County, and AEHC President-elect, and Carolyn Morris, Yell County, AEHC Treasurer and Chairman of the Budget Committee.

EH Women in Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture

December 23, 2013

Posted by Elizabeth Hill, Author of “A Splendid Piece of Work”

Hello  all Extension Homemakers Members:

I know you’ll be pleased to know that our home demonstration women are now in the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture.   Thanks for including this information in the Extension Homemakers’ blog so that all members who are interested in checking this out can find the website.

Follow the link to view the page:

Elizabeth Hill

We invite you to get involved with the Encyclopedia of Arkansas Project. Opportunities include writing entries, suggesting a topic or author, reviewing entries, and more.  For additional information, go to:

Thank You,
Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture

Jefferson County Holiday Foods Event Big Success

November 22, 2013

Posted by Bettye Johnson, Jefferson County EH Council President

Jefferson County Extension Homemakers held their annual Holiday Foods Event October 29, 2013, at 10:00 A.M. in the Parish Hall of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pine Bluff.  The EHC was very pleased to welcome special guest speaker, the First Lady of Arkansas, Ginger Beebe.

Jefferson cty Holiday Foods(Picture shows Bettye Johnson, Jefferson County EHC President, Ginger Beebe, First Lady of Arkansas, and Judy Cox, Event Chairman).         Mrs. Beebe presented a power point program of the Governor’s Mansion explaining the history and features of the mansion and beautiful pictures of Christmas Decorations of the past.  Over 200 attendees participated in the event which featured wonderful and different foods with demonstrations and a tasting meal of various recipes submitted by Jefferson County Extension Homemakers Club members.   A cookbook which included recipes of foods presented and demonstrated was given to all attendees.  The cost of the event was $10.00 per person and $5.00 each for extra cookbooks.Betty Picture

Everyone enjoyed the food, fun and fellowship.  The beautiful holiday decorations and door prizes were also enjoyed by all.  The event has been a tradition of the Jefferson County Extension Homemakers Council for many years and considered to be one of the best holiday events provided to the community.  Special guests were Betty Oliver, AEHC Volunteer  Coordinator, Kaye Green, AEHC State President  and Karen Bell-Fox, AEHC State Parliamentarian.  

Bettye Johnson, Jefferson County EHC Council President, opened the event and welcomed everyone with an invitation to join EHC clubs in JeffersonCounty.  This event demonstrates what can be done when organization members work together.   Everyone is looking forward to the event next year which is planned to be bigger and better than ever.Jeff. Cty. Holiday Foods-2

Jeff. Cty. Holiday Foods-3

Holiday Foods Committee:

Judy Cox-Chairman,  Bettye Johnson- Arrangements,  Jo Ann Carr and Marnette Reed- Cookbook,  Mary Ann Kizer, Jefferson County FCS Agent – Advisor (Shown in picture left Mary Ann Kizer demon-strating the dish she brought accompanied by members of the Food Science Dept. of U of A  Pine Bluff.)  Picture at right shows Betty Oliver and FCS Agents attending the event.

Committee Members:  Mary Nell Cardin, Mary Smith, Dixie Fritz, Peggi Barbaree, Sarah Payton, Nancy Sumner, Patsy Wallace, Connie Herrin, Kathy Rogers, Nancy Rosen, Debbie James,  Catherine Atkinson, Sandy Smith, Dorothy Green, Sabrina Self-Gwin and Vernita Self.

Montgomery County EHC Holds Annual Quilt show

November 19, 2013

Posted by Darlene Holliday, Montgomery County Council President

Montgomery County Extension Homemakers members held their 33rd Annual Montgomery County EHC Quilt Show on October 11th, 12th and 13th.  Thirty three years ago when the Quilt Show was started it was an outdoor affair on the Courthouse Grounds.  However, through the years and because of necessity, it was moved to the Billie Crane Building at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds and held in conjunction with the Annual Quartz,  Quiltz, and  Craftz Festival sponsored by the Mount Ida Chamber of Commerce.  The Quilt Show and Country Store is the annual fund-raising event put on by the Extension Homemakers Council.  Proceeds are used to fund Council activities, events, and projects. 

2013 Raffle Quilt 001Selling raffle tickets on our beautiful quilt made by ladies of Montgomery County is part of the fund-raising associated with this event.  Our beautiful “Log Cabin Memories” quilt was won this year by Brandi Burmeister of Dallas, Texas.

The quilt show’s highest award, The Peoples Choice Award, was won 2013 People's Choiceby Linda Allen of Mount Ida for her beautiful flower sampler quilt named “Bobby’s Flower Garden” in honor of her deceased husband.  Picture right.

Our Country Store located in the back portion of the quilt show building  supplies most of the money made in conjunction with this event.  The Country Store features homemade articles made by MontgomeryCounty members and includes Christmas items, crocheted and knitted items and homemade baked goods.

The Council is pleased to report a record attendance this year along with making more money than ever made on our Country Store items and quilt ticket sales combined.  The Council President, Darlene Holliday, and other Council Members were very pleased with the outcome of the event and want to thank everyone who brought quilts to enter and items to sell in the Country Store and all members for their hard work on this project.

Pictures:  “Getting Ready for the quilt show”  1st Picture:  Dorrie Oswald and Betty Nelson, 2nd picture:  Johnette Johnson, 3rd picture: Linda Allen and Wanda Clenney.

2013  Quilt Show Dorrie-Betty2013  Quilt Show jj2013  Quilt Show Linda-Wanda


October 31, 2013

Picture and story submitted by Betty F. Oliver, FCS/AEHC Volunteer Coordinator

Approximately 110 state agencies were represented at the Governor’s Mansion On October 9th to honor agencies that work with volunteers. Dr. Tony Windham, Extension Director, accepted the Award for Second Place for the Arkansas Extension Service. The Award was in recognition of volunteer hours by all services under the umbrella of Arkansas Extension Services.  This includes Arkansas Extension Homemakers, 4-H Clubs, Master Gardeners and Arkansas Leadership Program.   We are so proud of this award as it acknowledges all the work our Extension Groups do for our communities, for Arkansas Children’s hospital, for UAMSRockefellerCancerResearchCenter and UAMS Neonatal Department, for local nursing homes and assisted living facilities, food pantries and for so many other county and community projects.

In addition to the wonderful projects mentioned above, many of you have given large amounts of time to County and District Fairs during the months of August, September and October.  All these hours count, even your attendance at club meetings, workshops and leadership training meetings and church activities.  It is so important that all Extension Homemakers, Master Gardeners, and 4-H volunteers keep an account of their volunteer hours and turn them in to their local clubs. The clubs in turn should report to the County Extension Office where the FCS Agents will keep a running total of the hours.  We report our hours to the Department of Volunteerism once a year.  The Cooperative Extension Service would like everyone to know what great volunteer organizations are included under our umbrella and our University of Arkansas Extension Service receives extra funding according to our volunteer hours.

             The picture shows representatives to the activities. 
Pictured from left to right: Noah Washburn, representing 4-H, Dr. 
Rick Cartright, Associate Director, Tom Riley, Community and 
Economic Development, Janet Carson, Extension Horticulturist, Betty F. Oliver, FCS/AEHC Volunteer Coordinator, and Dr Tony Windham, 

Volunteer Hours 2013