AMES, Iowa – Buena Vista, Lee and Van Buren counties have added their 4-H history to Iowa 4-H History by County, a blog detailing the history of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth Development. The history blog is a partnership of the Iowa 4-H program and the Iowa 4-H Foundation.
“We’ve also added information about C.J. Gauger and the National 4-H Conference,” said Shelly Greving, marketing director for the Iowa 4-H Foundation.
C.J. Gauger is an Iowa 4-H legend, Greving said. As Iowa State 4-H leader from 1959-1979, Gauger brought the state’s boy’s and girl’s 4-H programs together. He also chaired a national committee that increased the focus on life skills. Whether at the county, state or national level, he believed in listening to youth and involving them in shaping their 4-H program.
Iowa youth began participating in the National 4-H Conference in 1927. Originally called the National 4-H Club Camp, the delegates spent the week living in U.S. Army tents on the National Mall near the Washington Monument, Greving said.
According to the 4-H online history:
View the full history on the blog, at http://www.iowa4hfoundation.org/4hhistory.
Over the next two years, 4-H staff and volunteers will be reviewing more county 4-H histories, adding to the blog each month, said Shelly Greving, marketing director for the Iowa 4-H Foundation.
“We want this to become a living history of 4-H. We hope 4-H members, alumni, volunteers, leaders and staff will add their comments and continue the history of 4-H, sharing the many facets of each county’s 4-H program,” Greving said. “Individuals may choose to continue the legacy of 4-H by making a donation to directly impact Iowa 4-H or their county 4-H program.”
Those who wish to support 4-H in their county may make a donation to their county 4-H endowment through the Iowa 4-H Foundation, http://www.iowa4hfoundation.org/.