The early years of continuing education

McGill University offered extension classes as early as 1859, with Professor Alexander Skakel from McGill College offering experimental lectures in homes. This developed into Extra-Mural Relations, then Extension Courses and eventually its own Department of Extension.

Downtown campus, 1859

Professor Alexander Skakel, McCord Museum

A rural education

Agriculture-related courses on Macdonald Campus engaged rural communities with extended and continuing education.

Macdonald campus, date unknown


McLennan Travelling Library

Until 1966, the Extension Department was also responsible for the McLennan Travelling Library, which circulated 348,331 books to all areas of the province outside the Montreal urban area.

Archival materials, date unknown