History of 4-H over the Last Century
Did you know that the 4-H program is part of the University of Wisconsin system? All across the country, 4-H programs are part of universities that were federally funded as “land-grant” institutions to promote agricultural and mechanical research.
The mission of the land-grant universities was expanded by the Smith-Lever Act of 1914 to include cooperative extension. The extension sent agents into rural areas to help bring the results of agricultural research to the end users. Beyond the original land grants, each land-grant college receives annual Federal appropriations for research and extension work on the condition that those funds are matched by state funds. States in turn, work with counties to expand the “reach” of the university programming to people of all ages through programs in Youth Development, Agriculture, Horticulture, Family Living, Community Development, Nutrition Education and many other programs.
It’s a win-win-win situation for Ozaukee County to have Federal and State funding to assist in community educational outreach. The 4-H program is one of the results of this Federal-State-County program.
The Smith-Lever Act of 1914 Smith-Lever Act of 1914 paved the way for the 4-H program. In 2014, the Wisconsin 4-H program celebrates it’s Centennial. Can you imagine how many youth in Ozaukee County have been involved in 4-H since it’s inception? You are part of a legacy of youth and adults dedicated to “Making the Best Better!” Get involved in the Centennial activities Wisconsin 4-H has planned, or plan your own way to celebrate with your club or project. We have a long and proud tradition and have a lot to celebrate. Get and share celebration ideas on the Wisconsin 4-H Centennial Website at http://blogs.ces.uwex.edu/4hcentennial/.
The 4-H program has had a positive impact on you, and the success of the program can be measured by the impact you make in your club, community, country and your world.
On Saturday during the County Fair an alumni reunion was held. Over 60 alumni returned to view the centennial display in the Project Building and reconnect with past 4-H friends and leaders. Many fun stories were shared of 4-H past and present. Thanks to all who attended!
On May 7, 2015, youth in 4-H presented information about the history of 4-H to the Ozaukee County Board. The Board recognized the work of 4-H in Ozaukee County with a proclamation on behalf of the Board. Pictured are Danny Cain, Calvin Brice, Lianna Brice, Rachel Gierach, Sarah Reimer and Josh Reimer who researched the history of 4-H in Wisconsin and planned the presentation.
Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development celebrated its 100th birthday at 4-H Day at the Capitol on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. Over 800 4-H members, volunteers, staff, alumni, friends and supporters ventured to Madison to connect with legislators and tell their stories about how 4-H has changed their lives and communities.
4-H Day at the Capitol included a legislative breakfast, staffed displays about 4-H programs and projects in the Rotunda, and legislative visits. Ozaukee County sent a delegation of 25 youth and 10 adult volunteer to participate in the event. Ozaukee County delegate met with Legislators and Staffers from the offices of Senator Alberta Darling, Senator Glenn Grothman, Representative Duey Stroebel, and Representative Jim Ott. The group also toured the capitol. 4-H Day at the Capitol was a wonderful opportunity to showcase the positive impacts 4-H has had on Wisconsin over the last 100 years and strengthen the relationship between Wisconsin 4-H and its important partners in the state government.