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Outreach

Colorado 4-H is ready for another 100 years

June 10, 2010

2010 marks the 100th anniversary of 4-H in Colorado. In the early 1900s, a national movement to create corn clubs for boys and tomato clubs for girls gained popularity in many states. These clubs were designed to transfer new technology of the land-grant university system to the public through young people who were more receptive to the adoption of new technologies.

Faculty members launched Colo. 4-H

During the spring of 1910, Colorado Agricultural College (now known as Colorado State University) faculty members Henry Cottrell, superintendent of Extension; T.M. Netherton, principal of the school of agriculture; and W.E. Vaplon, instructor in animal husbandry, visited 96 schools. They talked to 3,740 boys and girls about the organization of agricultural clubs.

52 clubs formed in 1910

Fifty-two of these clubs were formed in 1910, one of which has been active for 100 years. The Edison Drylanders 4-H Club in eastern El Paso County is the oldest continually active 4-H club in the state of Colorado.

Showcasing community involvement

“Plans for commemorating the past and looking to the future of 4-H in Colorado include gathering the stories of how 4-H has touched the lives of local community members and a focus on highlighting emerging science, technology, engineering, and math in current and future projects,” says Jeff Goodwin, assistant director for 4-H and youth development.

Through state and county fairs and multimedia projects, 4-H members will be working in their local areas and showcasing current and historic community involvement in 4-H.

Originally published in Ag Family, Spring 2010.


Contact: Joanne Littlefield
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