History Preservation Newsletter
September 2014

Fall is Always Busy in 4-H

National 4-H Week, once held in the spring, is now held in the fall. Read the history of this commemorative event.

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This National 4-H Poster was premiered during the first 4-H week held in the fall. What year do you think it was? The older girl’s 4-H uniform might give you a slight hint.

4-H has long featured aeronautics and space exploration; there was even a 4-H flag taken into space on a NASA mission. This year’s theme of National 4-H Youth Science Day is “Aerospace Engineering” and will include rocket projects designed by University of Arizona.

The final installment of our series on the two 4-H musicians at 4-H Congress in the 1950s features Maryland 4-H’er Helen Bovbjerg (now Niedung), a lyric soprano whose career, she says, was significantly boosted by her 4-H experience.

“Hands-On” 4-H highlights career preparation in 4-H; get your club to discuss the impact of 4-H on peoples’ lives.

Read what participants at the 2014 FilmFest 4-H said about their experience in St. Louis and making films, and see the winning films from “Voices of 4-H History” category.

Next month, we’ll feature the 2014 National 4-H Hall of Fame Laureates. This coveted honor goes to people who have made (and many continue to make) significant contributions to the success of 4-H. Many of the honorees are 4-H Pioneers, whose historical work helped shape today’s 4-H program.

Yes, fall is a busy time for 4-H, but take a few minutes to relax and read this month’s History Newsletter; enjoy!

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History Preservation Newsletter
April 2014

The last few days of balmy spring weather brought DC’s cherry blossoms bursting Cherry_Blossomsforth in all their frothy pink splendor to highlight the annual Cherry Blossom Festival.  This painting captured that spring ritual in the c. 1975 National 4-H calendar art.  So, for this issue, what is more fitting than 4-H helping Mrs. Obama plant a cherry tree?  Or a “Hands on History” challenge to create healthy cherry-based snacks?

There’s a new self-guided history tour at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center.  Using QR Codes, we’ve put up six sites in and around the J. C. Penney lobby for visitors to scan and learn a bit about that piece of 4-H history.  The tour covers a broad span of time from a portrait of the “Mother of 4-H” to artifacts from the most recent 10 years of the program.  Scan the QR Code in this issue and see where it leads.

We continue the “Voices of 4-H History” program of recording audio and visual memories as we come closer to the Centennial date of signing the Smith-Lever Act (May 8) which gave federal funding to the Cooperative Extension Service.  Progress updates from several states, some suggestions, and a list of available resources make up this month’s coverage.

“Voices” participants are scripting, filming, editing, re-filming, and re-editing their potential entries in the national 4-H film festival, “2014 FilmFest 4-H.”  This year’s festival will be in St. Louis and “Voices of 4-H History” is an official category in the August competition.

And now it’s time for that healthy snack: a juicy slab of freshly-baked cherry pie while you enjoy this issue!

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History Preservation Newsletter
February 2014

WOW, What an Issue!

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Report card of the father of a former National 4-H Foundation (now 4-H Council) staff member demonstrates the close tie between 4-H and One-Room schools.

National History Day this year offers 4-H’ers and leaders the opportunity to highlight different aspects of 4-H History under the theme of “Rights and Responsibilities.”

“Voices of 4-H History” captures memories of alumni, leaders, donors and others in audio/video records. That’s the oral “History Preservation” part. At the same time, having “Voices” as part of FilmFest 4-H 2014 is very current, so it’s the “Contemporary History” part. In the “Voices” bit, there’s a rather detailed explanation of how two MD counties are approaching the project; just consider it a “how-to” example if you’re not already involved. In the “FilmFest 4-H” part, you’ll find necessary details for this year’s national 4-H film festival and how you can participate.

Four-H Repositories, History of 4-H Radio, 4-H and One-Room Schools: all of these and more lead to new and ever growing sections of the National 4-H History Preservation Program website:
http://4-HHistoryPreservation.com.

“Hands-On History” highlights 4-H Electricity projects and how you can bring awareness into your 4-H club meetings.

A very special Happy Birthday wish to National 4-H Hall of Fame Laureate and Centenarian C. J. Gauger; send him a card!

And a Happy Centennial year to all Smith-Lever Act beneficiaries.

Enjoy this issue.

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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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National Archives Historical Materials

National Archives has 70 boxes of historical 4-H materials which need to be further reviewed and cataloged, with many items digitized. These boxed treasures range in topics from “Music in 4-H” to “4-H and War Programs” to “Urban 4-H.” The National 4-H History Preservation Leadership Team plans to review this cache in the coming year. Would you like to help? Fascinating research opportunities available! Contact Info@4-HHistoryPreservation.com.

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June 2012 4-H History Newsletter Available

The June 2012 4-H History Newsletter is available on the 4-H History Preservation website – http://4-HHistoryPreservation.com – by “clicking” on the HOme and News Section of the menu bar and then on Newsletter. You may also subscribe to the free newsletter from this page.

This edition of the newsletter announces the National 4-H Oral History project, a feature on historical 4-H handicrafts and a search for urban 4-H program information.

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

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May 2012 4-H History Newsletter Available

The May 2012 4-H History Newsletter is available on the 4-H History Preservation website – http://4-HHistoryPreservation.com – by “clicking” on the Home and News Section of the menu bar and then on Newsletter. You may also subscribe to the free newsletter from this page.

This newsletter includes features on doing 4-H history interviews, 4-H and Sports, premiering a 4-H song and recognizing firsts and lasts in club and county 4-H history.

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

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4-H History Newsletter
April 2012

The April 2012 4-H History Newsletter is available on the 4-H History Preservation Website – http://4-HHistoryPreservation.com – by “clicking” on the Home and News Section of the menu bar and then on Newsletter. You may also subscribe to the free e-mail newsletter from this page.

This newsletter includes features on the historic 4-H calendar art display, how 4-H helped “save” United Nations’Day, starting a local 4-H history club, “Hands-On” ideas for grass roots 4-H history preservation, and more.

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

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March 2012 4-H History Newsletter Available

The March 2012 4-H History Newsletter is available on the 4-H History Preservation Website – http://4-HHistoryPreservation.com – by “clicking” on the Home and News Section of the menu bar and then on Newsletter. You may also subscribe to the free newsletter from this page.

This newsletter includes features on what to keep and what to throw out, on national 4-H calendars, 4-H International programs, 4-H television series and much more.

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

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First 4-H History Newsletter of 2011 Now Available!

The National 4-H History Preservation team has posted their January 2011 National 4-H History Preservation newsletter on the http://4-HHistoryPreservation.com website. You can find the live link at the top of the homepage.

Not only does this newsletter showcase the Team’s hard work (645 items digitized), but it provides highlights of 4-H History from 1924 (trophy presentation) to 2010 (first 4-H clubs in Iraq). Note particularly a 1929 example of a 4-H member’s role in helping improve animal husbandry in Egypt.

To contact the 4-H History Preservation Team, write to: info@4-HHistoryPreservation.com

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