Wisconsin's First 4-H Club
The club was started five months after Congress passed the Smith-Lever Act which created the Cooperative Extension Service whereby federal, state, and county governments participate in the county agent system.
Four boys and three girls attended the first meeting of the club. Membership grew to 21during the year with projects in livestock, crops, gardening, canning, cooking, and sewing.
During this period, similar boys and girls clubs were beginning in other states. The movement grew rapidly and the variety of projects with appeal to rural and urban youth increased. By 1970, four million urban and rural members were participating annually in the nation and 4-H had spread to 84 countries of the world.
Erected 1970 by Wisconsin State Historical Society. (Marker Number 175.)
Location. 42° 32.844′ N, 88° 27.885′ W. Marker is in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, in Walworth County. Marker is on County Route BB half a mile west of Hillside Road, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located in a wayside area on the south side of the road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lake Geneva WI 53147, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Andy Gump (approx. 3.3 miles away); Maple Park (approx. 3˝ miles away); The 755th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron (approx. 6.2 miles away); First Swedish Settlers in Wisconsin (approx. 7.3 miles away); Welcome to Illinois (approx. 7.4 miles away in Illinois); The Webster House (approx. 9.3 miles away); Birthplace of “The Greatest Show on Earth” (approx. 10.6 miles away); Delavan’s Historic Brick Street (approx. 11 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lake Geneva.
Also see . . . 4H Club History. (Submitted on May 19, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 16, 2011, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 644 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 16, 2011, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.