Interesting Facts about 4-H
- In 1911, the four-leaf clover emblem was created as the official 4-H emblem to replace
the previously used three-leaf clover. The four-leaf clover emblem was patented
- In 1914, the passage of the Smith-Lever Act by Congress established the Cooperative
Extension Service System. 4-H is the youth program of the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension
- The Cooperative Extension Service represents a partnership between federal, state
and local levels of government.
- The first National 4-H Congress was held in 1922.
- By 1924, 4-H became recognized universally as the name of youth club work in the
- National 4-H Conference began in 1927 to recognize 4-H'ers from each state who had
shown outstanding ability and fitness for leadership.
- Gallaher-Iba Arena on the campus of Oklahoma State University was once know as the
4-H and Student Activities Building. The dedication, on June 1, 1939, was carried
live on radio station KVOO in Tulsa.
- In 1952, a U.S. postage stamp was issued to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of
the 4-H club movement.
- President Dwight D. Eisenhower assisted with the dedication ceremonies for the National
4-H Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland in 1959.
- During the 1970's the words "Our World" were added to the 4-H Pledge.
- President Richard Nixon helped 4-H celebrate its 50th National 4-H Congress in Chicago
- The Oklahoma 4-H Key Club recognizes the accomplishments of top 4-H members across
the state who are at least 15 years old and possess leadership, loyalty and a sense
of responsibility to the total 4-H program.
- In 2002, the 4-H movement celebrates its centennial as America’s premier youth development