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Picturing The Past: Home Demonstration Clubs Preceded 4-H


April 2, 2018

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Hammered copper was one of the craft skills shared by the Glady Branch Home Demonstration Club.

Home Demonstration clubs in North Carolina have their roots in efforts to develop clubs for farm children. In the early 1900s home demonstration agents were hired during growing and canning season to instructed young girls in "housewifely arts." It quickly became apparent that full-time agents were needed and that women were also interested in the educational opportunities being offered.

Transylvania County's early Home Demonstration clubs date to 1919 when Miss Lula Cassidy became the first Home Demonstration agent in the county. Within a few years, clubs were organized for both young g...

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