NC Tomato Club History and Transcribathon




  • Virtual

Event Description

In the 1910s, Jane McKimmon’s tomato club movement taught young girls in North Carolina how to grow, can, and sell their own tomatoes, as part of a broader effort to teach rural families more efficient farming methods through an emerging agricultural extension service. The tomato club girls created booklets documenting their experiences, which are preserved in the State Archives of North Carolina and have been digitized and shared online by the NC State University Libraries Special Collections Research Center

Learn more about the history of the tomato clubs, extension, and 4-H programs in North Carolina during our lunch panel discussion, and stick around for live transcription practice and support! 

12-1pm: Panel discussion featuring:

  • Elizabeth Engelhardt, Senior Associate Dean for Fine Arts & Humanities, UNC Chapel Hill , author of Canning Tomatoes, Growing “Better and More Perfect Women”: The Girls’ Tomato Club Movement
  • Netta Cox, Agricultural Liaison, Librarian and Associate Professor, North Carolina A&T State University
  • Todd Kosmerick, University Archivist, NC State University Libraries Special Collections Research Center
  • Michael Yoder, Assoc. Director & State Program Leader, NC 4-H Youth Development

1-3pm: Transcribathon practice with support from Special Collections librarians and Maggie Simon, Associate Professor of English, NC State.

In this portion of the program, we’ll give you a firsthand look at these materials and invite you to help us make these materials more accessible by transcribing the handwritten booklets into searchable text. No previous experience necessary; drop-ins and all ages welcome. Participants will receive virtual transcription setup instructions prior to the event.



Contact Information

Virginia Ferris

Admission Information

Free and open to the public.


If assistive technology, live captioning, or other accommodations would improve your experience at this event, please contact us. We encourage you to contact us early about this to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.

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