Iowa 4-H Foundation

Posted on March 24, 2011 at 2:38 PM by Global Reach

2002 Page County - Jessie Field ShambaughJessie Field Shambaugh is called the "Mother of 4-H."  She started after-school clubs in 1901 while teaching at Goldenrod School in Page County, Iowa.  When she became County School Superintendent in 1906, she organized Boys Corn Clubs and Girls Home Clubs in all 130 country schools.  Students developed their Head, Heart, and Hands in her 3-H Clubs that included camps, exhibitions, and judging contests.

Jessie’s efforts gained national attention from educators and reporters.  She hosted the U.S. Commissioner of Education and state superintendents as they toured Page County clubs in 1909.  She designed the 3-leaf clover pin to reward 3-H project winners and wrote the Country Girls Creed.  Jessie Field Shambaugh's vision and pioneer spirit led to 4-H clubs nationwide.

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