Louisiana 4-H Museum seeking treasures for its collection

Rose Anne St. Romain, Merrill, Thomas A.  |  6/19/2008 8:11:36 PM

News Release Distributed 06/19/08

MANSURA – The Louisiana 4-H Museum is seeking items for its collection to show the history of 4-H – the state’s largest and long-running youth development program.

“4-H has existed for 100 years in Louisiana and has affected the lives of 4-H’ers, parents, leaders and volunteers in tangible and intangible ways,” said Rose Anne St. Romain, coordinator of the Louisiana 4-H Museum. “We want to capture that through all the items, large and small, that show participation and achievement in 4-H. These items represent the heart and spirit of what 4-H does for youth.”

The museum is calling for photos, ribbons, certificates, trophies, documents, handcrafted projects, demonstration materials, record books and more to be used in exhibits, traveling displays, presentations and archives.

“Right now we have a large empty space,” St. Romain said. “But we want to fill it with the treasures of thousands of current and former 4-H’ers from across Louisiana. Then we’ll truly be able to showcase the history and importance of Louisiana 4-H.”

Those interested in donating or loaning items to the 4-H museum can get more details by contacting St. Romain at (318) 964-2245 or RStRomain@agcenter.lsu.edu – or by visiting the Louisiana 4-H Museum’s Web site at www.lsuagcenter.com/4HMuseum. The donation/loan policies and form can be found on that Web site (under the Donate/Loan Items button to the left or the “Help Fill the Louisiana 4-H Museum” article). The policies also provide more details on the types of items needed, the museum exhibit features and the donation/loan procedures.

In addition to artifacts for its collection, the museum also is seeking copies of 4-H news clippings from the past 100 years. Copies of such articles can be sent to Rose Anne St. Romain, Coordinator, Louisiana 4-H Museum, 8592 Highway 1, Suite 2, Mansura, LA 71350 or faxed to (318) 964-2259.

The museum is located in Mansura, La., near where the first Corn Club for boys was formed in 1908. That club and other boys’ agricultural and girls’ domestic clubs formed in the early 1900s eventually evolved into what now is the Louisiana 4-H program.

4-H is the youth development and outreach program of the nation’s land-grant universities. It is operated in Louisiana by the LSU AgCenter to make a difference in the lives of young people, their families and their communities by helping them develop skills and knowledge that will assist them throughout their lives. Today’s 4-H program touches more than 200,000 young people each year through its projects, camps, school enrichment curriculum and educational trips that cover a range of topics including science, engineering and technology, citizenship, leadership and healthy living.

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Contact: Rose Anne St. Romain at (318) 964-2245 or RStRomain@agcenter.lsu.edu
Writer: Tom Merrill at (225) 578-2263 or TMerrill@agcenter.lsu.edu

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