United States
1936
  • National 4-H club membership passes 1,000,000 people.
  • The Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW) held its first conference in North America in Washington, D. C. Thousands of American women participated in this gathering, and many had ties to the Home Demonstration programs. Attendees also included 150 delegates from Europe and Africa. AACW had been formally organized in 1933 as a group to bring together rural women from around the world.
1937
4-H Older Youth Women Conference at Millstone Camp
  • The first 4-H Service Club for white children was organized. This organization eventually became the Older Youth Club and then the Young Men and Women for 4-H (YMW).
North Carolina
1930s
  • Home Demonstration focused on teaching women to plant relief gardens, conserve food, and make clothing construction during the Great Depression.
1931
Gladys Vestal (Smith) at North Carolina State 4-H Short Course, 1932
  • The state Dress Revue was revived for the white 4-H Short Course.
  • The 4-H Honor Club for white children was started.
1933
  • The 4-H Short Course was canceled due to the Great Depression.
1935
  • Wilhelmina R. Laws was hired as the first African American Home Demonstration specialist. She had previously worked for six years as a home agent in Mecklenburg County.
1936
4-H members listening to a lecture at the Wildlife Camp in Indian Springs, North Carolina
  • The first state Wildlife Conservation Conference for white 4-H Club members was held at Camp Graystone in Henderson County.
  • 4-H club membership among African-American boys and girls reached 10,000.
  • The first college loan fund was established for African-American 4-H club members.
  • R. E. Jones was hired as the first full-time 4-H leader to coordinate 4-H work for African-American girls and boys.
  • North Carolina sent 680 white farmwomen and five delegates to the ACWW conference in Washington, D. C.
1937
  • Jane S. McKimmon retired after heading Home Demonstration for twenty-six years. Ruth Current replaced her as state home demonstration agent.
1938
  • The first State Judging Contest for white 4-H boys was held at North Carolina State College.
1939
4-H club members playing softball at Camp Millstone
  • By this year, all 100 counties in North Carolina had established 4-H programs for white children.
  • The first edition of The 4-H Mirror was published. This was a monthly newsletter for African-American club members.
  • North Carolina sent seven white farmwomen and ten white Home Demonstration staff members on the Queen Mary to attend the triennial ACWW conference in London.
Timeline based on sources listed in annotated bibliography.
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