Missouri Recruits Additional Counties for History interviews

During the last week of October, Missouri 4-H agents are introducing the Voices of 4-H History Process introduced at the Galaxy Conference in September. At a statewide conference in Missouri, Voices of 4-H History pilot counties will share their lessons learned with county extension staff throughout the state. Velynda Cameron, 4-H lead for three counties, said interest in growing 4-H History Clubs has been requested by county 4-H leaders statewide. Sharing our new Voices of 4-H History process, will enable new county efforts to get started in early 2014.

Tom Tate

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Smith-Lever Act Centennial

Voice of 4-H History Poster2014 is the Centennial of the Smith-Lever Act, which provided federal funding for the Cooperative Extension Service and, thereby, 4-H programs nationwide.  To mark this significant milestone, the National 4-H History Preservation Program is debuting “Voices of Extension History,” drawing on the success of “Voices of 4-H History.”  The program is rolling out at the GALAXY IV Conference in Pittsburgh, September 15-19.  With all Extension professional associations meeting together, it’s a perfect place to illustrate how 4-H’ers, rapidly learning to document 4-H History through our own “Voices” project, can record and broadcast the vitally important impact made on America’s development by the Cooperative Extension Service.  4-H members are now producing “4-H History” films; from here, they can extend their reach to “Extension History” and document that meaningful impact.Besides news about our participation n GALAXY IV, this month’s Newsletter encourages linking the myriad 4-H History websites, records the dedication of Danforth Court’s “American Girl” statue, includes fun activities to honor the historic legacy of 4-H songs, and seeks help with the Report to the Nation Team.  How can you not click to enter?

4-H National History Preservation Newsletter…

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“Voices of 4-H History” Becomes New Competition Category at FilmFest 4-H

Young filmmakers from across the country will soon have yet another way to add to the scope of 4-H history, through the new “Voices of 4-H History” competition category at FilmFest 4-H, the national 4-H film festival. Through early 2013, these teenage filmmakers will be interviewing 4-H alumni, volunteers, staff and supporters, about their personal 4-H experiences. Those efforts meeting the “Voices of 4-H History” guidelines may enter their film at FilmFest 4-H, which takes place during the week of August 5, 2013 in Branson, Missouri.

Films selected for viewing at FilmFest 2013 will be reviewed and judged from a field of films received during the April 15-July 15 submission period. For more information on FilmFest 4-H, visit the website at http://4h.missouri.edu/filmfest or click on the link from the history preservation website at http://4-HHistoryPreservation.com/voices/

Contact the National 4-H History Preservation team at: info@4-HHistoryPreservation.com

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“Voices of 4-H History Introduced at NAE4-HA

In October, 2012, “Voices of 4-H History” was introduced to those attending the 2012 meeting of the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents in Orlando, Florida. Over 1,000 4-H agents, volunteers and program leaders had the opportunity to see a 90-second video of historical images projected in the National 4-H Council exhibit area. The 90-second video of historical 4-H images was part of a continuous loop that played numerous times during the two days the exhibit hall was open.

Representatives of the National 4-H History Preservation Leadership Team were available to visit with state and county staff about the Voices project. More than 500 rack cards describing the project were distributed during the conference. Delegates from more than 30 states provided their contact information expressing high interest in the 4-H history project. Many of these contacts had done some history data collections that they are excited about sharing with the national project. The “Voices of 4-H History” team will follow up with those who requested follow up.

The new website for “Voices of 4-H History” was introduced and the web address shared with many at the Orlando meeting. This new web page is designed to serve as a tool kit for local teams wanting to start a “Voices of 4-H History” project in their local community; http://4-HHistoryPreservation.com/Voices/

To contact the voices team write: info@4-HHistoryPreservation.com

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“Voices of 4-H History” Becomes New Competition Category at Filmfest 4-H.

Young filmmakers from across the country will soon have yet another way to add to the scope of 4-H history,through the new “Voices of 4-H History” competition category at FilmFest 4-H, the national 4-H film festival. Through late 2012 and early 2013, these teenage filmmakers will be interviewing 4-H alumni, volunteers, staff and supporters, about their personal 4-H experiences. Those efforts meeting the “Voices of 4-H History” guidelines may enter their film at FilmFest 4-H, which takes place during the week of August 5, 2013 in Branson, Missouri.

The festival connects 4-H filmmakers with screenings, events, and technical workshops lead by actual film industry professionals. These youth celebrate successes alongside peers with similar interests, gathering professional feedback and gaining new strategies for improving their future efforts. Importantly, 4-H’ers take their enthusiasm and new skills back to their own state’s 4-H program. “I’ll take what I learned back to my county and help organize a local film club,” wrote one FilmFest participant from Hazard, Kentucky. “I’ll begin work on my own film and help start a local film festival!”

Films selected for viewing at FilmFest 2013 will be reviewed and judged from a field of films received during the April 15-July 15 submission period. Guidelines, including criteria for judging and selection, are being developed by the National 4-H History Team and will be available in November/December, 2012. For more information on FilmFest 4-H, visit the website at http://4h.missouri.edu/filmfest, or click on the link from the history preservation at http://4-HHistoryPreservation.com/voices/

Contact the National 4-H History Preservation team at: info@4-HHistoryPreservation.com

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4-H Oral History Project to Capture Stories of Former 4-H Members

Looking for an exciting idea for 4-H Youlth? Engage them with interviewing former 4-H members.

Cooperative Extension will celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act in 2014. The Smith-Lever Act of 1914 is a United States federal law that established the nationwide system of cooperative extension services connected to land-grant universities.

The National 4-H History Preservation Team hopes to launch a national 4-H Oral History Project in 2013 to capture the stories of former 4-H members, leaders, and staff to include in the celebration! We’d like to identify a few states/communities to pilot the project in the summer and fall of 2012. Pilot groups will receive guidance, including resources for recruiting and training current 4-H members to conduct interviews.

The 4-H oral history interview is a substantial tool for collecting stories from 4-H alumni and others involved with the past and present history of your 4-H program. To read more about the project check out the May issue of the National 4-H History Newsletter. Go to http://4-HHistoryPreservation.com – “click” on the Home and News Section of the menu bar and then on Newsletter. You may also sign up for the free newsletter from this page.

From the National 4-H History Preservation team. info@4-HHistoryPreservation.com

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