La. 4-H Museum seeking news articles to trace youth program’s history

Rose Anne St. Romain, Merrill, Thomas A.  |  5/5/2008 9:17:27 PM

News Release Distributed 05/05/08

The LSU AgCenter is looking for news articles tracing the 100-year history of Louisiana 4-H.

Officials say copies of 4-H news articles from 1908 through 2008 are needed from past and present 4-H’ers. The articles, in turn, will help LSU AgCenter faculty members and others in compiling an accurate history of the state’s youth development program for the new Louisiana 4-H Museum, according to Rose Anne St. Romain, coordinator of the museum for the LSU AgCenter.

The museum, located in Mansura, will showcase the evolution of Louisiana 4-H from the 1908 Corn Clubs for boys to an organization that now serves more than 200,000 young people each year.

4-H is the youth development and outreach program of the nation’s land-grant universities and is operated in Louisiana by the LSU AgCenter. It involves young people in educational projects, camps, activities, trips and school enrichment programs that foster development of life skills in science, engineering and technology, citizenship, healthy living and much more.

“The real history of 4-H comes from the generations of past and present 4-H’ers whose learning experiences and accomplishments were documented in newspaper articles,” St. Romain said. “We really want folks to mail or fax us copies of any 4-H news clippings that were important to them as soon as possible.

“All the articles together will help us pinpoint the history of Louisiana 4-H through the lives of those who have been involved in 4-H.”

Copies of clippings can be mailed to Rose Anne St. Romain, Louisiana 4-H Museum, 8592 Highway 1, Suite 2, Mansura, La. 71350. They also can be faxed to (318) 964-2259.

For more information, or if you have questions, contact St. Romain at (318) 964-2245 or RStRomain@agcenter.lsu.edu.

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

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