Grand opening of 4-H Museum set for July 18 in Mansura

Bruce Schultz, St. Romain, Rose Anne  |  7/7/2009 1:08:30 AM

News Release Distributed 07/06/09

MANSURA, La. – The grand opening of the Louisiana 4-H Museum will be held July 18 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., along with the induction of the 2009 members of the Louisiana 4-H Hall of Fame.

Paul Coreil, LSU AgCenter vice chancellor for extension, said the museum will showcase the achievements of the Louisiana 4-H program during the past 100 years.

“This will be a venue for observing one of the most important character-shaping organizations of Louisiana youth,” Coreil said. “The effect 4-H has had on our society, and continues to have, should be recognized and recorded for future generations.”

The museum is located at 8592 La. Highway 1, Mansura, in the extension offices of the LSU AgCenter and Southern University Agricultural Center and the Avoyelles Commission of Tourism.

Rose Anne St. Romain,museum coordinator, said the 1,200-square-foot facility is in Avoyelles Parish because that was the origin of the 4-H program in Louisiana. The first chapter was known as the Corn Club, patterned after a similar program in Iowa.

“This is a living museum that will change over time to feature various programs,” St. Romain said.

She said people from across the state have donated items for the museum, and many of the artifacts are undergoing conservation measures to preserve them.

“We’re grateful to the people who loaned or donated items to develop the exhibits and archive,” she said.

The Hall of Fame area features a touch-sensitive screen with information and photos about inductees. An digital presentation features the museum’s mascot, called “Frankie the 4-H Fox,” and the LSU AgCenter’s Character Critters, a set of cartoon characters who tell stories about character education.

The museum also features a three-dimensional miniature parade of 4-H projects and programs, a mural highlighting milestones in Louisiana 4-H, and an entire wall dedicated to parish 4-H exhibits.

For more information, contact St. Romain at 318-964-2245 or 4hmuseum@agcenter.lsu.edu.

Bruce Schultz

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