Formerly known as Homemakers Extension Association, the Crawford County HCE group recently celebrated 70 years in Crawford County.
In 1947, Noralee Buntin, along with other women, started the organization here, which had numerous "units" throughout the county. These units were made up of women who met monthly in each other's homes to learn various things: needlework, basket weaving, sewing, leather stitching, home decorating, food preservation, health remedies, saving money and new recipes.
Back then, University of Illinois Extension "home advisers" would visit each of the units in Hutsonville, Annapolis, Flat Rock, Hardinville, Oblong, Palestine, and Stoy using resources from U of I. Members paid annual dues, which were used for community projects and events.
Fast-forward 70 years, this group has evolved into a close-knit group of women committed to community service and teaching a younger generation. Among the many changes in society over the years, an increasing number of young adults have an interest in learning about a simpler way of life," which HCE can help with..
"This group is a great resource for women of all ages to gather together and learn from each other things they may not have an opportunity to learn elsewhere," a spokesman said.
For the $10 annual dues, every month members receive a newsletter with a "lesson" and details about a workshop or event that is planned.
Those interested in joining HCE may contact the local U of I Extension office at 546-1549.