National 4-H History Preservation Project
Dear RI 4-H volunteers and members past and present,
The National 4-H History Preservation Team is launching a 4-H Voices History Project. The purpose of the project is to capture – in audio, video and/or written form – the remembrances of past 4-H members, volunteers, staff and supporters. The project is timed to correspond with the 100 year celebration of the Smith-Lever Act in 2014.
I have agreed to head up the project in RI. As some of you know I have been interested in the history of 4-H in RI and see it as an opportunity for Alumni to come together and share their experiences with fellow 4-Hers. It is a chance to capture some of the organizational and personal history of 4-H right here in RI.
I have information that a forerunner of the current 4-H program was established as the Rhode Island Nature Guards in 1899!!! (under the leadership of A.E. Stene, Director of Extension at URI)
I am hoping to find several volunteers to assist with the project – we will have some training, develop a list of potential interviewees, set up appointments and record interviews.
If you are interested in the project, please send me an email at:
Also,If you have suggestions of people to contact please send them along. Also, do consider writing your own remembrances and sending them (photos if you have them as well).