4-H Films Needed for Digitizing

The National 4-H History Preservation leadership team has over 100 4-H films currently listed in our A/V Archive on the 4-H History Preservation Website at http://4-HHistoryPreservation.com/Media_AV.asp but we have only a
very few of these films that have been located and digitized. Originally, when released, many of these films were either sent to State 4-H Offices or to regional extension film libraries. If you know of the locations of old films or videos in your state, we would like to get the name and email or phone number of the best person to contact to see if we can borrow them for digitizing, or have them digitize the films at our expense. Please let us know at: info@4-HHistoryPreservation.com

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4-H Audio-Visual Directory Now on 4-H History Website

The first 4-H films were produced before the 1920s. A new directory on the national 4-H history preservation website lists all types of audio and visual recordings and the 4-H history preservation team is currently in the process of locating and digitizing many of the entries, making them available to the general public.

Over 160 entries have already been posted 0 films, video tapes, radio and television public service spots, television series, audio and video interviews. If you know of locations of 4-H material that should be included, we would like to hear from you. Write: info@4-HHistoryPreservation.com

To check out the A/V directory go to: http://4-HHistoryPreservation.com and “click” on 4-H Reference Materials in the left-hand menu bar.

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Digitization of 4-H History Materials

While efforts continue to document 4-H history materials available at the national level, much of this information is in repositories not accessible to the general public without making a physical visit. The National 4-H History Preservation team feels it is important to make this material accessible to the general public via the Internet. Therefore, in March 2010 we started a major digitization program, scanning books and other references and placing them on our website, located at http://4-HHistoryPreservation.com

Over 650 items have now been digitized. Most of these are national 4-H materials relating to the National 4-H Council and its two predecessor organizations, including newsletters, annual reports, issues of “National 4-H News,” and Supply Service catalogs. The two major 4-H history books – “The 4-H Story” by Franklin Reck, and “4-H: An American Idea” by Thomas and Marilyn Wessel – have also been digitized, plus other miscellaneous manuals and publications.

Our team feels strongly that the digitization process needs to be a coordinated effort with the states. If anyone knows of 4-H history documents that have already been digitized and are accessible to the public – efforts that can be incorporated into our national digitization program and included on our website – we would appreciate hearing about them. Obviously, there is no need to duplicate effort in digitizing something that has already been done. Let us know at: info@4-HHistoryPreservation.com

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1935 History Book by Hinshaw now digitized on 4-H History Website

The book, “4-H: A Story” by Kenneth Hinshaw, written in 1935, has been digitized and now apperas in the Book and References section on the 4-H History Preservation website at: http://4-HHistoryPreservation.com

The book, which is nearly 300 pages in length, is a story weaving together actual 4-H experiences, historical sketches of Boys’ and Girls’ 4-H Club work, and chronicles of important 4-H events.

The author, Kenneth Hinshaw, was a national 4-H Leadership awards program winner at National 4-H Congress in 1926 and a Moses Trophy winner as the top winner in that program.

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Two Major 4-H History Books Now Online

The two major 4-H history books – The 4-H Story: The History of 4-H Club Work by Franklin M. Reck and 4-H: An American Ideal 1900-1980, A History of 4-H by Thomas and Marilyn Wessel – have both been digitized are are now online on the 4-HHistoryPreservation.com website under the 4-H History Books section.

The Reck history, 326 pages in length, written in 1951, was the first national history book, published by the National Committee on Boys and Girls Club Work (now National 4-H Council).

The history authored by the Wessels is 353 pages in length and was published by National 4-H Council in 1982.

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