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North Madison Happy Pals 4-H Club records

Identifier: IWA0666

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Scope and Contents

The North Madison Happy Pals 4-H Club scrapbooks date from 1952 to 1979 and measure 12.25 linear inches. There are seven volumes. They are the official club scrapbooks and include photographs of members and events, newspaper clippings from the Oskaloosa Herald and the New Sharon Star, club minutes, secretary and treasurer records, programs, and awards. A useful source on the experience of children in rural areas, the scrapbooks also illuminate societal expectations for young girls.


  • Creation: 1952-1979


Conditions Governing Access

The scrapbooks are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright held by the donor has been transferred to the University of Iowa.

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Biographical / Historical

The North Madison Happy Pals 4-H Club of Mahaska County, Iowa was organized on October 24, 1952 with eight girls present. The group held monthly meetings with various discussions, talks, and demonstrations by members or guest speakers scheduled at each one. Topics included "Planning Your College Wardrobe" and "Freezing Fruits." The members also participated in programs such as Rally Day and Achievement Day. The North Madison Happy Pals and all other Iowa 4-H clubs are a division of the youth phase of the collaborative Extension Service of Iowa State University. The purpose of the national 4-H program, run through the United States Department of Agriculture, is to help youth learn and grow through informal education and experience. The goal is for these young people to become more self-directed and productive and contribute more as members of society. Anyone between the ages of nine and nineteen may join 4-H. The club motto is "To Make the Best Better."


12.25 linear inches

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Local chapter of 4-H organized in Mahaska County, Iowa, 1952.

Method of Acquisition

The scrapbooks (donor no. 216) were donated by Beverly Everett in 1994.

Related Materials

Beverly George Everett papers (IWA): These papers contain record books and awards documenting Everett's involvement in the Washington Workers 4-H Club (1938-1946). Also included are correspondence, programs, awards, and newspaper clippings relating to her later involvement in the Iowa 4-H Foundation and the National 4-H Alumni Recognition Award (1955-1985 and undated). The materials are in Box 4, Personal, 4-H and Box 10, Organizations, 4-H.

Kristen Clark, 1994.
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

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