United States
1922
  • The first National 4-H Club Congress for white children was held in Chicago in conjunction with the International Livestock Exposition.
  • Membership in national boys and girls clubs reached 600,000.
1923
  • The first issue of the National Boys' and Girls' Club News was published. This periodical later changed its title to National 4-H Club News and then National 4-H News.
1927
  • The first National 4-H Club Camp for white children was held in Washington, D. C. Delegates camped in tents on the grounds of the United States Department of Agriculture.
  • National and state leaders wrote and voted on the National 4-H Motto and Pledge.
North Carolina
1920
  • The first state officers were elected at the white agricultural club Short Course held at North Carolina State College.
  • Membership of girls in Home Demonstration clubs reached 8,529, two-and-a-half times the membership of the farm agents agricultural clubs.
  • At the Farm Women's Convention in Raleigh, the Federation of Home Bureaus was created as a statewide federation of local Home Demonstration clubs for white women. This organization eventually became the North Carolina Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.
1921
  • The state Dress Revue was started at the Home Demonstration Short Course for white girls.
  • Home Demonstration women began holding local markets to sell their produce. The first markets were in Anson and Pasquotank counties. At the markets women would sell anything from bouquets picked from their flower beds to home-baked bread.
1922
L. R. Harrill, state 4-H Club leader, North Carolina
  • In Buncombe County, L. R. Harrill was appointed the first full-time extension agent for boys club work.
  • Membership in North Carolina boys and girls club reached 15,000.
  • Sarah Williams of Beaufort County became the first of six African American women hired full-time to perform Home Demonstration work in North Carolina.
1923
Cumberland County Agricultural Club display at the North Carolina State Fair, October 16, 1922
  • Catherine Clark was the first white delegate from North Carolina to attend the National 4-H Club Congress in Chicago.
  • Dazelle Foster was hired as a full-time African American Home Demonstration agent. She later headed the statewide program for African American women.
  • Twenty teams from white Home Demonstration club competed in jelly making at the North Carolina State Fair.
1924
4-H club members attending North Carolina State 4-H Short Course at North Carolina State College 4-H club members standing with a tractor at North Carolina State 4-H Short Course at North Carolina State College
  • The Federation of Home Bureaus changed its name to the North Carolina Federation of Home Demonstration.
  • The first countywide African-American club camp for boys and girls was started as a five-day trip along the Pamlico River.
  • The first African-American district Short Courses were held in Greensboro and Winton.
  • Jane McKimmon was appointed as one of two assistant directors of agricultural extension. She continued to head Home Demonstration.
  • For the first time the agricultural club Short Course for white boys and Home Demonstration Short Course for white girls were held simultaneously.
1925
  • At the Short Course that year, a white cotton uniform was adopted for white girls clubs.
  • Home Demonstration held the first summer Short Course for white farmwomen at North Carolina State College, with attendance by fifty-five women from across the state. The Short Course was held in conjunction with Farm and Home Week, a convention for farm men and women at which they learned about agriculture and homemaking.
1926
4-H club members assembled at the North Carolina State 4-H Negro Short Course in 1947
  • The first Short Course for African-American club members was held at North Carolina A&T College in Greensboro.
  • L. R. Harrill became the first state 4-H Club leader.
  • The name 4-H began to be applied to all boys and girls clubs in the state.
1927
State leaders attending first national 4-H conference, United States Department of Agriculture, 1927
  • North Carolina sent four white delegates to the first National 4-H Club Camp. They were chaperoned by L. R. Harrill and Maude Wallace, assistant state Home Demonstration agent.
  • The Jane S. McKimmon loan fund was established to help white club members to attend college.
1928
4-H Honor Club conference candlelight ceremony, 1950
  • 4-H Achievement Days were organized.
  • The candlelight service was added to the end of the white 4-H Club Short Course.
1929
King and queen of health, chosen at North Carolina State 4-H Club Week held at North Carolina State College in Raleigh
  • North Carolina 4-H'ers participated in the first Rural Life Sunday (later it became 4-H Club Sunday).
  • Swannanoa 4-H Camp became the first 4-H camp built by the Agricultural Extension Service and operated by the state 4-H program. It was also the first camp with established facilities built in western North Carolina.
  • The boys and girls clubs formally joined together under the banner of 4-H. Formerly, the girls clubs had been a part of the Home Demonstration program.
  • The Health Pageant was added to the white 4-H Short Course.
  • White 4-H club members first published their own newsletter during the Short Course. Originally titled Tar Heel Club News, it later became Clover Leaves.
Timeline based on sources listed in annotated bibliography.
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