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The University of Nebraska began supporting Boys' and Girls' Clubs at the turn of the last century as a way to get modern agricultural methods to the farm community.

first Boys' and Girls' Club in Madison County
Members of the first Boys' and Girls' Club in Madison County organized by Mrs. George Haight of Battle Creek (seated in center) in 1915.


Congress began appropriating funds to support club work by passing the Smith-Lever Act of 1914, which created the Cooperative Extension Service that oversees 4-H.

Walt Moller
Walt Moller, extension agent in Wayne County in the 1930s.
Courtesy: Eileen Krumbach

farm demonstration team
Boys' and Girls' Club farm demonstration team at the 1928 Nebraska State Fair.
NSHS F163-462 RG3356 PH20:19

"baby beef" competition
Dawson County club members participating in a "baby beef" competition at the 1924 Nebraska State Fair.
NSHS F163-432 RG3356 PH:22-3

Polk County club members
Polk County club members, champions of home economics at the 1924 Nebraska State Fair.
NSHS F163-418 RG3356 PH:22-6


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