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4-H Youth Program Historical Markers

Markers relating to efforts across rural America to provide youth with informal education to supplement school classroom training which ultimately resulted in the 4-H program which offered a four-square education centered around "Hearts, Hands, Heads and Health." While initially rural in focus, 4-H reaches youth in many urban areas across the country.
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By Mark Hilton, March 6, 2019
Sonora School and Community Hall Marker
1 Alabama, Baldwin County, Summerdale — Sonora Community / Sonora School and Community Hall
Sonora Community The community of Sonora was named in 1901 by the wife of the first postmaster, G.L. Sharretts. Situated near Red Hill Ford on Baker Branch and the intersection of travel routes between Silverhill, Magnolia Springs, Marlow . . . Map (db m130878) HM
2 Colorado, Jefferson County, Golden, Lakota Hills — Charles E. Kirk
In Memory of Charles E. Kirk, 1900-1981. As Douglas County extension agent (1946-65) Charlie was the motivating force in establishing 4-H in Douglas County. He was respected for his knowledge of Agriculture and admired for his help and belief in . . . Map (db m46569) HM
3 Delaware, New Castle County, Middletown — NC-144 — Sgt. William Lloyd NelsonCongressional Medal of Honor Recipient Reported missing
William Lloyd Nelson was born near Dover, Delaware, on February 22, 1918. He was the son of J. Clarence and Carrie Phillips Nelson. Following his family's move to a farm near Middletown, he was educated in the public schools of the community. He . . . Map (db m155759) HM
4 District of Columbia, Washington, Northwest Washington, The National Mall — "For Country, for Community!"
Community The Victory Garden Program brought many different groups together to support a single cause. Corporations, private foundations, magazine publishers, and seed companies all contributed to the success of the project. These . . . Map (db m164278) HM
5 District of Columbia, Washington, Southwest Washington, The National Mall — Bradford Pear Tree(Pyrus calleryana Bradford)
. . . Map (db m70457) HM
6 Florida, Alachua County, Gainesville — Florida 4-H
Head, Heart, Hands, and Health Florida 4-H began as a program to teach farming methods to rural youth and became a community-based program that taught millions of young Floridians how to Learn By Doing. In 1909, UF Dean of Agriculture J.J. . . . Map (db m135971) HM
7 Georgia, Putnam County, Eatonton — 117-9 — George Claud Adams
G.C. Adams, leading educator in Georgia, was born in Newton County in 1868. He became Newton County School Superintendent in 1902, after several years of teaching. While Superintendent he worked to consolidate the county schools, a pioneer . . . Map (db m34597) HM
8 Georgia, Putnam County, Eatonton — 117-1 — Georgia 4-H ClubsMotto: “To Make the Best Better” — ← —
Georgia 4-H Club work started in 1905 with 151 boys, each growing one acre of corn, under the leadership of G.C. Adams. In 1911 girls' tomato and canning projects were started. 4-H work led by County Extension Agents, became part of . . . Map (db m13380) HM
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9 Illinois, LaSalle County, Ottawa — In Memory of W.R. Foster
In memory of W.R Foster (1863-1957) Superintendent of LaSalle County schools for 40 years from 1907 to 1947. Educator, civic leader and man outstanding, able, inspiring, helpful, humorous, and loyal-- who enriched the lives of hundreds . . . Map (db m198468) HM
10 Iowa, Page County, Clarinda — Historical GoldenrodBirthplace of 4H
Historical Goldenrod Birthplace of 4H Originated in 1901 by Jessie Field ShambaughMap (db m88092) HM
11 Iowa, Page County, Clarinda — Jessie Field Shambaugh
"Everywhere in the country, for those who have learned to see and understand, are lessons which point toward the richness and strength of life." by Jessie Field Shambaugh These words are written in memory of "The Mother of 4-H" to honor her . . . Map (db m88080) HM
12 Iowa, Page County, Clarinda — 28 — Jessie Field Shambaugh(1881 - 1971)
In 1901, as a country school teacher, Jessie Field created practical farm and home courses for her students as part of the regular curriculum. Later, as superintendent of Page County schools, she expanded these clubs and camps to include all rural . . . Map (db m224590) HM
13 Kansas, Morris County, Council Grove — Morris County 4-H Fairgrounds Circle of History
1821 • The Santa Fe Trail is first used by travelers throughout this area. 1827 • Big John Spring, now buried beneath the highway berm 100 ft. south, is discovered and named by George Sibley survey party. 1844 • John C. Fremont's party, . . . Map (db m192211) HM
14 Maryland, Caroline County, Denton — Edmondson's Reserve
The Caroline County 4-H Park, Delmarva Girl Scout Camp, and the farms bordering Detour Road are located on a former 1,050-acre tract of land that evidence indicates once served as a privately-owned Indian "reservation" called Edmondson's . . . Map (db m199271) HM
15 Maryland, Caroline County, Denton — The Doncaster Dwelling: A Perfect Substitute
The historic dwelling on on this site is not original to the tract of land first called Edmondson's Reserve. No original buildings survive from Edmondson's Reserve, which was first used as a private Indian Reservation, then as . . . Map (db m199275) HM
16 Maryland, Caroline County, Denton — William Still: "Father of the Underground Railroad"
often called the "Father of the Underground Railroad" (UGRR) and second in importance only to Harriet Tubman, William Still joined the UGRR in the late 1840s as a result of decisions made decades earlier by the owner of a tract of land in . . . Map (db m199281) HM
17 Maryland, Montgomery County, Chevy Chase — The 4-H Club Pledge
I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service, and my health to better living, for my club, my community my country and my world. Responding to the 1918 national contest, Otis Hall, . . . Map (db m116017) HM
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18 Maryland, Montgomery County, Chevy Chase — W.K. Kellogg HallNational 4-H Center
W.K. Kellogg Hall commemorates this breakfast cereal pioneer and his personal commitment to 4-H. It was made possible by generous contributions from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, a major supporter of 4-H educational programs. The foundation's . . . Map (db m116016) HM
19 Maryland, Montgomery County, Sandy Spring — Historic Sites Allegedly Connected to the Underground Railroad / Mamma Annie MatthewsSandy Spring African American Heritage Trail — [Sandy Spring Slave Museum & African Art Gallery] —
Historic Sites Allegedly Connected to the Underground Railroad Caleb Bentley and his son Richard Bentley owned and occupied Historic Bloomfield from the early 1800s until 1914. The Bentleys were Quaker farmers, entrepreneurs, and . . . Map (db m188243) HM
20 Minnesota, Douglas County, Alexandria — Theodore A. Erickson1871-1963
To the Life and Work of Theodore A. Erickson 1871-1963 Educator and benefactor of youth As Douglas County Superintendent of Schools 1907-1915, he founded the 4-H Club movement in Minnesota ”With character and service our measure, he is . . . Map (db m158802) HM
21 Missouri, Gasconade County, Owensville — Four Leaf Clover
Woollam 4-H celebrates the tradition of 75 years of making the best better 1939-2014Map (db m157743) HM
22 Missouri, Iron County, Ironton — Iron County - The "Birthplace of 4-H" in Missouri1914
Recognition is given to B.P. Burnham, then county superintendent of schools, for his originality foresight and leadership in organizing the first 4-H clubs in Missouri: one at a high school in Ironton, the other at the one room King School near . . . Map (db m99170) HM
23 Missouri, Pettis County, Sedalia — 4-H Building1905 — Architect: Thomas Bast • Contractor: T. H. Johnson —
Today's 4-H Building has served many purposes over the years, originally named the Poultry Building to serve the needs of the poultry department. In the 1930s, it was designated as the Missouri Building, housing the Missouri State Exhibit from . . . Map (db m85034) HM
24 Nebraska, Cedar County, Hartington — 321 — Hartington - Home of two Nebraska Governors
This marker, dedicated on the 100th anniversary of Hartington High School, June 25, 1988, is in honor of two graduates who became governors of Nebraska. Dwight Burney, born in 1892, graduated from Hartington High School in 1910. Burney attended . . . Map (db m181317) HM
25 Nebraska, York County, York — 269 — Nebraska 4-H Clubs Began in York County
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 . . . Map (db m181319) HM
26 New York, Niagara County, Lockport — 855 — Gertrude Warren
1884 - 1979. "Mother of 4H" pioneered the 4H movement, for rural youth programs to educate boys and girls in agriculture & home economics.Map (db m187189) HM
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27 North Carolina, Hertford County, Ahoskie — A-51 — 4-H Club
First in North Carolina, organized at Ahoskie in 1909 as the Corn Club. Beginning of present large organization of rural youth in state.Map (db m60654) HM
28 Ohio, Champaign County, St. Paris — 22-11 — A. B. Graham
Albert B. “A. B.” Graham was born in Champaign County on March 13, 1868, the son of Joseph and Esther Graham. He was raised in a small rural home, but a fire destroyed the house in 1879, and the family moved to Lena where Graham attended . . . Map (db m13789) HM
29 Ohio, Clark County, Springfield — A. B. GrahamFounder of 4-H
On January 15, 1902, Mr. Albert B. Graham called to order the first meeting of a “Boys' and Girls' Agriculture Experiment Club”. Before growing season 85 children from 10 to 15 years of age had already volunteered to join. One hundred . . . Map (db m13217) HM
30 Ohio, Clark County, Springfield — Springfield
4-H clubs of America founded here in 1902 by A.B. GrahamMap (db m177787) HM
31 Ohio, Clark County, Springfield — The A. B. Graham Building
In this building, on January 15, 1902, A. B. Graham organized the first boys and girls agricultural club in the United States out of which grew the 4-H Clubs of America.Map (db m13220) HM
32 Ohio, Clark County, Springfield — 3-12 — The Birthplace of 4-H
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 . . . Map (db m13216) HM
33 Ohio, Delaware County, Gregory — Former Site of Berlin School1915 - 1973 — "Oh, we're proud of the school that stands on the hill." —
Berlin School stood on this site from 1915 to 1975. The first graduating class was in 1916, with the first graduate being Mildred Schanck. The last graduating class was in 1953 with 14 members. Over these 38 years, 472 students graduated from . . . Map (db m20554) HM
34 Ohio, Franklin County, Columbus, Olentangy West — 117- 25 — A. B. Graham and the 4-H Movement / Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center
A.B. Graham and the 4-H Movement. In 1902, Albert Belmont Graham (1868-1960), a school teacher and superintendent, established the Boys and Girls Agricultural Experiment Club in Springfield, Ohio. Graham believed in learning by doing, a concept . . . Map (db m94110) HM
35 Ohio, Fulton County, Fayette — Camp Palmer Time Line1946-1958
1946 4-H Camp Palmer was founded by 4-H leadership in seven NW Ohio counties. Each county 4-H program shared in the purchase of 16 acres and development of the camp by raising funds within the county. Before 1947, . . . Map (db m161160) HM
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36 Ohio, Fulton County, Fayette — Camp Palmer Time Line1959-1990
1959-60 Starting in 1959 new structures were added along with purchases of more land to broaden the offerings and size of Camp Palmer. The conversation building was added in 1959. In 1960, the summer . . . Map (db m161163) HM
37 Ohio, Fulton County, Fayette — Camp Palmer Time Line1991-2009
1991-94 In 1991, 4-H Camp Palmer received accreditation by The American Camp Association. The turning point and vision for 4-H Camp Palmer came in 1993 when the camp became more closely affiliated with the . . . Map (db m161168) HM
38 Ohio, Miami County, Conover — 17-55 — Brown Township School District #6(Allen's School)
In 1832, Sylvanus Allen's property became the site of Brown Township's sixth and final school district. Following many building expansions, the current building, constructed in 1916, became the home of the Lena-Conover Consolidated School and . . . Map (db m29839) HM
39 Ohio, Miami County, Lena — Lena
1868 Birthplace of A.B. Graham, educator, founder of 4-H clubsMap (db m173880) HM
40 South Carolina, Abbeville County, Abbeville — Marie Cromer Seigler
[4-H Symbol] In Memory of Marie Cromer Seigler Native of Abbeville County Founder of 4-H 1883 - 1964Map (db m43653) HM
41 South Carolina, Aiken County, Eureka — 2-20 — Marie Cromer Seigler House
This house was for many years the home of Marie Cromer Seigler (1882-1964), educator and national pioneer in agricultural instruction. In 1910, as teacher and principal of Talatha School, she founded a Girls' Tomato Club, the first of many such . . . Map (db m28714) HM
42 Virginia, Albemarle County, Charlottesville, Roslyn Ridge — Legacy of Hugh Carr / The Village of Hydraulic Mills
Legacy of Hugh Carr The Ivy Creek Natural Area was once the home of Hugh Carr, born into slavery around 1840 in Albemarle County. The end of the Civil War in 1865 was for Hugh the start of a new life founded in freedom. In 1870, Hugh . . . Map (db m170172) HM
43 Virginia, Dinwiddie County, McKenney — S-86 — Origins of 4-H in Virginia
F. Southall Farrar, farm demonstration agent for Southside Virginia, organized the state’s first corn clubs for boys in 1909. Such clubs, a feature of the nation’s emerging agricultural extension movement, had originated in the Midwest . . . Map (db m107770) HM
44 Virginia, Fairfax County, Herndon — The 4-H Building
Built as an exhibit building in 1962, with funds raised by Fairfax County 4-H Club members and other county citizens, this barn commemorates the Fairfax County 4-H Fair held on this site annually since 1948.Map (db m197032) HM
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45 West Virginia, Fayette County, Clifftop — Camp Washington Carver — African American Heritage Tour —
On July 26, 1942 the first African American 4-H camp in the United States was opened here in Fayette County. A 1929 report showed that 44 of the state’s 55 counties had 4-H camps for white children, hut none for black children. Fleming Adolphus . . . Map (db m138104) HM
46 West Virginia, Monongalia County, Morgantown — Big Log Cabin
Allen Holland constructed what is now known as The Big Log Cabin in 1815-16 near White Day Creek. His farm was located along US Route 73, known then as the Morgantown and Fairmont Pike. In 1871 Holland sold his farm to his daughter Mary's husband . . . Map (db m196916) HM
47 West Virginia, Monongalia County, Morgantown — Camp Muffly
Camp Muffly was founded by Harry P. Muffly in 1929. Mr. Muffly served as the county agent in Monongalia County for 31 years. In 1958 the County 4-H Camp was named for Mr. Muffly for all the work he had done over the years. The original eight log . . . Map (db m195973) HM
48 West Virginia, Monongalia County, Morgantown — Cass Cabin
William Raber built this house in 1810 near Maidsville in Cass District, Monongalia County. After receiving the land from his father Christopher Raber in 1809, William willed the house and farm to his youngest son Samuel in 1849. Samuel Raber and . . . Map (db m196523) HM
49 West Virginia, Monongalia County, Morgantown — Clinton Cabin
Clinton Cabin is the only log cabin at Camp Muffly that is not an original settlers cabin. Constructed of logs cut from chestnut trees along Booth's Creek in Clinton District, Monongalia County, Clinton Cabin was built on this site in 1934. Wayne . . . Map (db m196393) HM
50 West Virginia, Monongalia County, Morgantown — Grant Cabin
In 1788 Joshua Low was given a land patent which included property near the mining village of Brady in Grant District, Monongalia County. In 1871 his grandson, also named Joshua, built what is now known as Grant Cabin on the land. He and his wife . . . Map (db m197308) HM
51 West Virginia, Monongalia County, Morgantown — Little Log Cabin
William H. Pyles built The Little Log Cabin on Pedlar Run in Clay District, Monongalia County, in 1834. He and his wife Catherine sold the property to Hosea Wade in 1840. Hosea and his wife Clarissa sold the property to John Wildman in 1841. In . . . Map (db m196643) HM
52 West Virginia, Monongalia County, Morgantown — Morgan Cabin
James Lewis Williams built Morgan Cabin in May Hollow along a tributary of Booth's Creek in 1816. He and his wife Elizabeth May lived in the cabin until his death in 1856. James left the cabin to his youngest son Foster, requesting that Elizabeth . . . Map (db m197337) HM
53 West Virginia, Monongalia County, Morgantown — The Dining Hall
A simple kitchen was the first building to be built on the Camp grounds in 1929 when the first camp was held. The Dining Hall, including the existing chimney, was built in 1931. A flagstone approach was added in 1938. Due to changing Health . . . Map (db m197168) HM
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54 West Virginia, Monongalia County, Morgantown — The Office
Zadock Morris, a Revolutionary War Veteran, established his residence at Doll's Run and by 1810 had constructed the cabin which now serves as The Office. Zadock and his wife Elizabeth transferred the property to their son Ezekial and wife Sarah in . . . Map (db m196358) HM
55 Wisconsin, Racine County, Yorkville — 565 — Yorkville #4 School
This one-room Italianate-style schoolhouse has been the center of this Yorkville community since the building’s construction in 1885. Built at a time when one-room schoolhouses dominated rural education in Wisconsin, the building also served as a . . . Map (db m185569) HM
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