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One Hundred Years of 4-H in Nebraska



In an effort to keep young people from leaving the farm at the end of the nineteenth century, progressive educators around the country began providing out-of-school-programs designed to convey new agricultural methods through hands-on experiences.

These programs formed the basis of today's 4-H.


4-H Takes Root in Nebraska

4-H began to take root in Nebraska in the 1890s, when E .C. Bishop began organizing corn-growing contests and agricultural and home economics programs in York and Seward County schools. By 1905 more than five hundred youth from several Nebraska counties were involved in Boys ' and Girls' Clubs. The stated purpose of these groups was "to educate youth to a knowledge of nature's resources and to the value of the fullest development of hand, head and heart."


E.C. Bishop
Nebraska State Superintendents of Public Instruction; included is E.C. Bishop
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