Welcome to the History of Home Demonstration and 4-H Youth Development in North Carolina

4-H and Home Demonstration, dating from the early twentieth century, were established to instruct children and women in agricultural practice and home economics. Land grant universities, like North Carolina State University, with the support of the United States Department of Agriculture, ran Agricultural Extension Services (later renamed Cooperative Extension Service), which administered 4-H clubs and Home Demonstration programs.

The site presents thousands of images and textual materials that document the history of 4-H and Home Demonstration in North Carolina from the 1900s to the 1970s. Users will also find a timeline of events, a collection of original historical essays, an annotated bibliography, and guides for primary resources held by the North Carolina State University Special Collections Research Center.

Clarendon Women's Club of Columbus County in the southeastern district, holding their dress molds Group of women watching a sewing demonstration 4-H Club camp, Swannanoa, North Carolina, setting up exercises, girls from Buncombe, Madison, Rutherford Counties, July 14-18, 1930 Mattress display at the North Carolina State Fair of 1940
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North Carolina Echo This project was partially supported with federal LSTA funds made possible through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.