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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To mark the 50th anniversary of 4-H, a commemorative 3 cent stamp was produced and first offered for sale on January 15, 1952 in Springfield, Ohio. On initial order of 110 million of the stamps were authorized.
It was in Springfield, Ohio that school superintendent A. B. Graham organized one of the first 4-H clubs. At the Springfield ceremony in 1952, Graham was in attendance, along with 14 of the original club members.
The complete history of the official 4-H stamp can now be found on the history preservation website at 4-HHistoryPreservation.com in the National 4-H History section.
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The 4-H Collectors Club website – 4-HCollecting.com – went live on February 1, 2010. As part of the National 4-H History Preservation Program, the 4-H Collectors Club promotes education, research and preservation regarding the history of 4-H through the collecting and trading of 4-H and 4-H related memorabilia.
The Club is a service provided by the National 4-H History Preservation Program supported by National 4-H Council and National 4-H Headquarters at USDA. The 4-HCollecting.com website is intended to support all those who have an interest in collecting or who may have 4-H memorabilia they would like to know a little more about – particularly through the discussion forum.
The site also provides a means for buying, selling and trading 4-H memorabilia of a historic nature.
You can join the club from the website. Membership is free. For additional information contact: info@4-HHistoryPreservation.com
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