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Nebraska 4-H Clubs Began in York County

 
 
Nebraska 4-H Clubs Began in York County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 12, 2021
1. Nebraska 4-H Clubs Began in York County Marker
Inscription.  
In 1898 E. C. Bishop, a teacher in nearby Bradshaw, organized student clubs. Through these clubs he planned his school lessons so that they related to the students’ activities on the farm and in the home. The first projects Bishop assigned dealt with corn growing, sewing, and baking. Similar student activity clubs were organized in several states at this time, but Bishop’s efforts are regarded as the beginning of 4-H club work in Nebraska. Bishop became York County Superintendent of Schools in 1900 and continued to stress the importance of youth organizations. In 1905 he organized state-wide boys’ and girls’ associations. As State Superintendent of Schools (1909-1911), Bishop took charge of youth work. He wrote, “We expect each of our members to learn to do something worth doing —something the world wants done…. and to lead himself into an education that will bring the fullest development of the triunity — the hand, the head and the heart.” Although health has been added as the fourth “H”, Bishop’s beliefs are still idealized in 4-H work.
 
Erected by York County 4-H Committee; and Nebraska State
Nebraska 4-H Clubs Began in York County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 12, 2021
2. Nebraska 4-H Clubs Began in York County Marker
(looking south • 4-H Club Building is on the left • North Nebraska Avenue is on the right)
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Historical Society. (Marker Number 269.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureCharity & Public WorkEducationFraternal or Sororal Organizations. In addition, it is included in the 4-H Youth Program 🍀, and the Nebraska State Historical Society series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1898.
 
Location. 40° 53.109′ N, 97° 35.393′ W. Marker is in York, Nebraska, in York County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of North Nebraska Avenue and 4-H Drive, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located directly in front of the York County 4-H Club Building at the York County Fairgrounds. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2345 North Nebraska Avenue, York NE 68467, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. York County Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.3 miles away); Nebraska City Cut-Off of the Oregon Trail (approx. 1.8 miles away); Moving People and Goods on the Overland Trail (approx. 4.6 miles away); Nebraska's I-80 Bicentennial Sculptures (approx. 4.6 miles away); Nebraska City-Fort Kearny Cut-Off (approx. 4.6 miles away); The Purple Heart (approx. 4.7 miles away); Bradshaw (approx. 8.2 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. A Brief History of Nebraska 4-H
York County 4-H Club Building image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 12, 2021
3. York County 4-H Club Building
(marker is mounted in kiosk on the right)
. By 1907, Bishop appealed to the readers of Nebraska Farmers magazine: “Can we find a name or emblem that can be used to refer to both boys and girls?” The answer came from a national source shortly thereafter. The first 4-H emblem came into use nationally in 1907 or 1908 and was designed as a three-leaf clover, standing for head, heart and hands. Hustle was added as the fourth H in 1911 but was later changed to health. (Submitted on September 8, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. 4-H Takes Root in Nebraska. 4-H began to take root in Nebraska in the 1890s, when E .C. Bishop began organizing corn-growing contests and agricultural and home economics programs in York and Seward County schools. By 1905 more than five hundred youth from several Nebraska counties were involved in Boys' and Girls' Clubs. (Submitted on September 8, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
York County Fairgrounds image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 12, 2021
4. York County Fairgrounds
(turn in here to access marker)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 8, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 74 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 8, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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