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The Birthplace of 4-H

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., October 28, 2008
1. The Birthplace of 4-H Marker
Inscription. A. B. Graham, superintendent of Springfield Township Rural schools in Clark County, established the "Boys and Girls Agricultural Experiment Club," which revolutionized agricultural education and non-formal youth development methods. The first meeting of the club, said to be the nation's first farm club for young people, was held at this site on January 15, 1902 in the basement of the Clark County Courthouse. This was the start of what would be called a "4-H Club" a few years later. Through the years, the overall objective of A.B. Graham and 4-H has remained the same; the development of youth as individuals and as responsible and productive citizens.
 
Erected 2003 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Ohio State University Extension/4-H Youth Development Program, Springfield-Clark County Chamber of Commerce, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 3-12.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the 4-H Youth Program, and the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 39° 55.54′ N, 83° 48.506′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Ohio, in Clark County. Marker is at the intersection of Limestone Street and Columbia Street, on the left when traveling north on Limestone Street. Click for map
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By William Fischer, Jr., October 28, 2008
2. The Birthplace of 4-H Marker
Clark County Courthouse in background.
. Next to flagpoles at southwest corner of the intersection. Next to the A. B. Graham Building. Marker is in this post office area: Springfield OH 45502, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The A. B. Graham Building (within shouting distance of this marker); A. B. Graham (within shouting distance of this marker); DeMint Memorial Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Purple Heart Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of Springfield's First Church (about 500 feet away); H. A. "Harry" Toulmin Sr. (about 600 feet away); George Rogers Clark (about 600 feet away); John M. Temple (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Springfield.
 
Regarding The Birthplace of 4-H. Albert Belmont Graham.
 
Also see . . .  Brother Albert Belmont Graham Father of the 4-H. (Submitted on November 2, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
Categories. 20th CenturyAgricultureEducationNotable Persons
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,456 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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