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Guide to the North Madison Happy Pals 4-H Club records

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1952-1979
Creator: North Madison Happy Pals 4-H Club (Mahaska County, Iowa)
Extent: 1.25 linear feet.
Collection Number: IWA0666
Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Summary: Local chapter of 4-H organized in Mahaska County, Iowa, 1952.

Access: The scrapbooks are open for research.

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

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

Preferred Citation: North Madison Happy Pals 4-H Club records, Iowa Women's Archives, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City.

Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Address: 100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-5068
Curator: Kären Mason

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.

The North Madison Happy Pals 4-H Club scrapbooks date from 1952 to 1979 and measure 1.25 linear feet. 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.
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.

Browse by Series:

  • Series 1: SCRAPBOOKS
  • Box 1:
  • Chronological - 1952-1963
  • Chronological - 1963-1966
  • Box 2:
  • Chronological - 1966-1967
  • Chronological - 1967-1968
  • Chronological - 1968-1969
  • Chronological - 1969-1972
  • Chronological - 1972-1979