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Louisiana 4-H Museum offers trip down memory lane

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The Louisiana 4-H Museum is in the same building as the Avoyelles Parish LSU AgCenter and Southern University Extension Office and the Avoyelles Commission of Tourism in Mansura. (Photo by Bruce Schultz)
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A parade diorama of 4-H projects is along one wall of the museum. (Photo by Bruce Schultz)
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Gov. Bobby Jindal, back row and third from left, visited the 4-H Museum. Others in the photo are LSU AgCenter staff and 4-H students. (Photo by Frankie Gould)

More than 4 million young people have been part of Louisiana 4-H since its beginnings in 1908. Now 4-H alumni have the opportunity to revisit those experiences – some of which were life-changing – by planning a trip to a new museum in Mansura dedicated to 4-H.

The Louisiana 4-H Museum is in Mansura, which is in Avoyelles Parish, where 4-H got its start with a Boys Corn Club.

The Louisiana 4-H Hall of Fame will induct 12 new members on Aug. 13. Read more.

Since the days of corn clubs for boys and tomato clubs for girls, 4-H has changed considerably with educational programs open to all on a wide range of topics – from preserving the coastline to learning how to construct computer-operated robots.

The 1,100-square-foot museum, which is located in the same building as the Avoyelles Parish LSU AgCenter and Southern University Extension Office and the Avoyelles Commission of Tourism, includes all kinds of memorabilia from photographs to awards to clothing items.

Exhibits include:

– A mural of milestones in 4-H history, starting with the first “Corn Club” in 1908.

– A kiosk featuring members of the 4-H Hall of Fame, which now includes 112 members.

– 4-H emblem collage with many items from around the state.

– Louisiana 4-H on Parade, a 3-D diorama of projects and programs.

– Frankie the 4-H Fox, an animatronic puppet show.

Museum hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is $3 per person, with children under age 3 admitted free. Group tours may be scheduled by calling 318-964-2245 or sending an e-mail to 4hmuseum@agcenter.lsu.edu.

The 4-H Museum houses the 4-H Hall of Fame, which was established during the centennial year of 2008. So far, 124 people have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. Their photographs and biographical sketches are part of a Hall of Fame exhibit at the museum.

Get directions to the museum.

Read about the 4-H Hall of Fame, which is located in the museum.

Donate or loan items to the museum.

The LSU AgCenter is one of 11 institutions of higher education in the Louisiana State University System. Headquartered in Baton Rouge, it provides educational services in every parish and conducts research that contributes to the economic development of the state. The LSU AgCenter does not grant degrees nor benefit from tuition increases. The LSU AgCenter plays an integral role in supporting agricultural industries, protecting the environment, and improving the quality of life through its 4-H youth, family and community programs.

Last Updated: 7/27/2012 2:13:21 AM

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