Kentucky 4H History

Kentucky Cooperative Extension, University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture and the Kentucky State University

 

 

The 4-H Pledge

I Pledge my HEAD to clearer thinking,

my HEART to greater loyalty,

my HANDS to larger service,

and my HEALTH to better living,

for my club, my community,

my country, and my world.


We appreciate the efforts of numerous individuals who contributed information, memorabilia, and technical expertise to make this effort a reality.  It continues to be a work in progress.

 

About the authors:

Pat Schrader
Pat Schrader’s manuscript documenting the first 70 years of Kentucky 4-H history was the catalyst for the history of Kentucky 4-H which is available on the web.  Schrader served as an Extension information specialist for the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service from 1981-1989.  She edited a variety of 4-H publications and the College of Agriculture’s Ambassador.  Because of her dedication and commitment to 4-H, she continued her research and completed the manuscript following her retirement.  In 2007, just prior to celebration of the 100th anniversary of Kentucky 4-H, Schrader presented the manuscript to members of the State 4-H Staff.  It is because of her gift, that you are reading the 4-H history today.

Anna Lucas
For the years 1980 to 2009, the research and documentation of the Kentucky 4-H history was done by Anna B. Lucas.  One might say that Lucas could simply have remembered the historical highlights during much of that time frame; she served as Extension specialist on the State 4-H Staff from 1976 until her retirement in 2001.  Throughout her career, Lucas was the “go-to” person for all things 4-H.  She was known for keeping up with details and safeguarding historical information.  Except for nine years in Tennessee, Lucas has been a part of Kentucky 4-H since first becoming a member during her childhood in Lincoln County.  She is an alumnus of the University of Kentucky and has actively supported 4-H, the College of Agriculture and School of Human Environmental Sciences ever since.

Martha Welch
Once Pat Schrader gave the manuscript to the State 4-H Staff, Martha Welch coordinated the effort to complete the first 100 years of Kentucky 4-H history.  Welch served as county Extension agent for 4-H youth development in Kenton and Warren Counties from 1978 to 1995 when she moved to the State 4-H Staff.    

Special Credits and Thanks
Jordan Adler—web design
Matt Barton—technical assistance on photographs
Tony Burnett—data entry
Jeff Davis—technical assistance on data base
Nicole Jenkins—photo archivist
Layne Kilgore—data entry
Steve Patton—technical assistance on photographs
Debra Scandore—data entry
Becky Simmermacher—web design
Diane Urbanek—data entry
Lucy Welch—data entry
Joe B. Williams—oral history