In an effort to keep young people from leaving the farm at the end of the nineteenth century, progressive educators around the country began providing out-of-school-programs designed to convey new agricultural methods through hands-on experiences.
These programs formed the basis of today's 4-H.
4-H Takes Root in Nebraska
4-H began to take root in Nebraska in the 1890s, when E .C. Bishop began organizing corn-growing contests and agricultural and home economics programs in York and Seward County schools. By 1905 more than five hundred youth from several Nebraska counties were involved in Boys ' and Girls' Clubs. The stated purpose of these groups was "to educate youth to a knowledge of nature's resources and to the value of the fullest development of hand, head and heart."
Nebraska State Superintendents of Public Instruction; included is E.C. Bishop
4-H Takes Root
Once a 4-H family;
Always a 4-H family
Getting the Word Out
County Fair Time