History at Home: 4-H, An American Idea

Event Type: Library Event
Date: 4/18/2019
Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Time: 3:30 PM
 From clubs to encourage farm boys to grow more corn to today’s army of six million kids across the world, 4-H is thriving. At 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday, April 18, Denise Retzleff will present “4-H: An American Idea.” The programs are free; no registration required.

More than 100 years ago, those corn clubs – encouraging farming experimentation – became 4-H. Eventually, the clubs included girls and stretched beyond the farm to engage kids in hands-on learning in urban areas. Today, 4-H members explore science, build agricultural skills, address community issues, express themselves in art and develop leadership skills.

Retzleff, who served as 4-H youth development educator in Fond du Lac, Wood and Waukesha counties for 29 years, will explore the roots of 4-H, how the program gives young people a voice and how it helps make their lives and communities better. Retzleff retired from 4-H last year. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from UW-Madison. She was active in 4-H as a child growing up on a dairy farm south of Fond du Lac.

History at Home focuses on stories about the area's past every third Thursday of the month at 2 p.m. and repeated at 6 p.m. (no program in December). The programs are free; no registration required. Many History at Home programs are captured on video and shared on the library's YouTube channel. That link can be found at

Location: Eugene G. McLane Meeting Room