In 1969 National 4-H Week launched a year of Learning to Serve. Learning to Serve through 4-H is older than the pledge itself. This month our newsletter explores 4-H Service at several junctures in 4-H History. If you’re interested in seeing other vintage 4-H Posters you can view them at: https://www.nal.usda.gov/exhibits/speccoll/exhibits/show/poster-collections/elsie-carper-collection-on-ext
4-H Service in World War I
Members and Leaders joined the national movement to support of the war effort: raising and preserving food, recycling clothing, raising money for special support projects.
National 4-H Day of Service
April 2017 has been dedicated as a month to celebrate community service and service-learning throughout 4-H. The month of celebration will culminate with a National 4-H Day of Service on Saturday, April 29. 4-H’ers will undertake club, community and state service projects as part of the “True Leaders in Service” initiative in honor of National Volunteer Appreciation Month.
Contemporary 4-H History: A Health Summit
250 4-H’ers recently met at the to analyze data about the health of their communities. The 4-H Geospatial Leadership Team helped others access the data and interpret the findings, comparing the health of their communities with that of others in the state, and pinpointing gaps in health care.
“4-H History 101” Aims to Launch this Fall
A new online course is being developed by the 4-H History Preservation Leadership Team to help orient new staff about the philosophical base of 4-H. It includes a working definition of the public/private partnership which undergird the program at local, state and national levels. If you’d like to help write or serve as a reviewer, write to info@4-HHistoryPreservation.com
How Old is the 4-H Flag?
We know the National 4-H Supply Service (4-H Mall) marketed 4-H flags in 1925, the year it started. Do you know of any 4-H flag older than that? Let us know.
4-H in Space: Then and Now
An Indiana 4-H’er designed a scientific experiment with chicken embryos to be carried into space on the 1986 Challenger mission, but it was lost in the explosion. Redesigned, “Chix in Space” went up in 1989 and was the forerunner of continuing worldwide embryonic research in space by NASA. And this week, 4-H alumna Peggy Whitson sets new records as commander of the current NASA mission.
Here on Earth, enjoy the spring-time and this issue!
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Incorporating 4-H history into state programs presents a creative opportunity. Maine 4-H offers regular written updates to local and county volunteers and staff to keep history front and center in programs.
Lt. Col. Ellison Onizuka, a Hawai’i alum and former NASA astronaut, is memorialized iin the renamed Kona, Hawai’i airport.
4-H membership and Extension Agent numbers surged as the nation supported overseas troops; food production and preservation, clothing conservation, good health and nutrition were emphases.
The collection of originial art produced for the historic 4-H calendar program has grown to 40 pieces, with the addition of four pieces acquired in 2016. You may have an image of the 41st piece in your grandmother’s attic.
Enjoy the winter and this Issue!
In her third mission to the International Space Station she will surpass the current record of 534 days in space.
Can you guess what it was? Did you know that National 4-H Congress was held in Chicago for more than 50 years?
Each year, hundreds of students from the Capitol Christmas Tree’s home state enter the Capitol Christmas Tree drawing to receive a free trip to Washington, D.C. and help the Speaker of the House in lighting the tree. Chris Gabrielson from Havre, MT, was the lucky winner of the 2008 drawing.
(from the December, 2013 National 4-H History Newsletter)
It’s now around seven million with a 2025 goal of ten million members.
Created as the National Committee for Boys’ and Girls’ Club Work, the private sector body began decades of 4-H program support.
A new column starting this month will share ideas from clubs, counties and states on how staff incorporates 4-H history in daily work.
Enjoy the Holidays and this Issue!
At NAEA4-HA in New Orleans earlier this month, 4-H educators from 30 states explored “points of interest” (POIs) flagged on the National 4-H History Map.
Earlier this month during National 4-H Week, 16 new Laureates were inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame. Several fall issues of National 4-H News contain stories about future Laureates and their contributions to 4-H.
A 1919 tour of Armour Meat Packing Company is considered the spark that led to creation of National 4-H Congress, held annually in Chicago for over seven decades. Whose idea was it?
You may have the answer to identity of an undocumented piece of art at the National 4-H Center.
This year’s National 4-H Science Day picks up a favorite theme of 4-H: space and flight. The thematic partnership goes way back.
If you missed our booth in New Orleans, we still want to hear from you about 4-H History activities in your area.
Enjoy the beautiful fall and this issue!
Centenarian 4-H Alumna Honored
National 4-H Council is highlighting 4-H alumni and sharing the impact 4-H has had on their lives; this month, they spotlight a very special 4-H alumna, Martha Ann Miller, who celebrated her 105th birthday on August 6.
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4-H’ers Praised in 1945 World Wide Broadcast
On August 30, 1945, 4-H Club work got the spotlight during the broadcast of the college All-Stars vs. Green Bay Packers’ annual football classic known as the College All-Star game.
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Labor Day Floats?
It seems that 4-H is always up for a parade. With Labor Day coming, how many 4-H History floats will we see in the country’s community parades?
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This 1968 National 4-H Calendar produced by Shaw Barton Calendar Company is an example of a 4-H float of yesteryear. What will we see on a 2016 4-H float?
4-H History Map
How did Drum’s Valley Pennsylvania, which documented its 4-H club history in 1959, get on the National 4-H History Map? Has your club, county or state nominated historical sites?
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FilmFest 4-H’ers Learn and Earn
4-H’ers got state-of-the-art coaching as well as the chance to compete for awards in five categories. With the 2016 film festival over, it’s not too early to plan entries for July 2017.
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It’s Fair Season!
Let us know about the 4-H History exhibits you are presenting at County and State Fairs at info@4-HHistoryPreservation.com and send pictures.
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While the US plunges into the Presidential Election, 4-H’ers are plunging into preparations for their fairs.
That’s not to say that 4-H members are not involved in their citizenship responsibilities; just check with those who have been to Washington, DC, to experience Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF).
3 Hs came from France?
4-H started in the early 1900s in the US, but as early as 1893 the French Minister of Education was calling for an end to the 3 Rs and a new emphasis on the 3 Hs.
July 8, which happens to be the Editor’s birthday, is the date recorded of International Farm Youth Exchange delegates going to Europe for the first time in 1948.
Show it off!
Exhibits are a long-held tradition in 4-H. Use them to highlight and publicize your 4-H History.
Speaking of Publicity…
See how many different types of 4-H publicity you can find in this month’s issue.
Sugarloaf 4-H Club is on the Map
More importantly, is your club, your fairground, your 4-H history on the Map?
CWF is going to give 4-H’ers a close look at the Presidential Inauguration in January.
A special edition of CWF to be held during the Inauguration will cap off 4-H summer activities and the presidential campaigns.
This summer, 4-H’ers will be actively involved in civic activities as well as preparations for the many fairs. Before you get too involved in either, sit back and enjoy this issue.
The 4-H Member gate sign has become not only a way to identify where 4-H members live but an important icon of 4-H from the farms to suburbs and urban centers. Whether in a black and white photo or on the full color 1956 National 4-H Calendar produced by Brown and Bigelow Company of St. Paul, Minnesota; the sign speaks volumes more than the words it bears.
We hope you enjoy this issue.
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