Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

4-H Moving Images, 1939-2009

Historical Note:

4-H is the youth program administered in Oregon by the Extension Service with the goal of developing citizenship, leadership, and life skills through experiential learning programs in agriculture, home economics, natural science, engineering, and art. Oregon 4-H developed from industrial clubs established by individual schools in the early 1900s. The first state leader, F.L. Griffin, was hired in 1914. 4-H Summer Week on the Oregon State campus began in 1916 and brought youth from throughout Oregon to the campus in Corvallis.

William C. (Bill) Smith worked in Oregon State's Extension Communications as a broadcast communications specialist from 1954 until his retirement in 1978. He filmed one or more of the films in the collection.

The 1959 wagon trek was organized by the Jackson County 4-H Empire Builders Club and Extension Agents Glenn Klein and Marilou Garner Perris. The trek took 13 days to complete and covered 225 miles from Jacksonville, Oregon, to Corvallis, where the trek participants joined the 4-H summer school on the Oregon State campus.


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