Indiana 4-H History. Celebrating 100 Years of Helping Hoosiers Grow Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service Winter 2002. Early Beginnings. 4-H Began with boys and girls clubs The first organized clubs were in Ohio The earliest Indiana record is in Hamilton County in 1904.
Helping Hoosiers Grow
- Be better 4-Hers
-Planted Victory Gardens
-Preserved food by canning, drying, and storing
Many new activities began in the 1950’s:
-First Outbound IFYE Group
-County and District Share-the-Fun Festivals
-First State Fair Achievement Trip Awarded
-4-H Key Awards Program
- over 90,000 (triple that of 1930)
Societal changes required policy changes
Membership ages changed to grade in school
-Jim Davis (creator of Garfield)
Provides a strong youth development program
We utilize a variety of settings
Caring, capable, contributing adults
Smith, M. F. and Kirkpatrick, E. 1990. 4-H in Indiana: 1904-1990 A record of Achievement.
Indiana 4-H Foundation, Inc. Purdue Research Foundation. West Lafayette, IN 47907.
4-H Centennial History. On-line at http://www.4hcentennial.org/history
Indiana 4-H/Youth Program Policies and Procedures. 2000. Purdue Cooperative Extension Service. West Lafayette, IN, 47907.