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In 1912, the Education Board set aside $2000 for introducing agricultural extension work in Florida. Eleven county agents were hired during the growing season. They traveled from community to community teaching small groups of women about the cultivation and canning of produce. Two years later, as a result of the Smith-Lever Extension Act, a full-time county agent was appointed for each county. The scope of instruction was widened to include sewing, nutrition and health, home beautification, poultry, and dairying. Club members participated in planning and implementing many community activities including rally days, demonstration tours, and annual county contests. They also assisted in organizing several women's clubs and 4-H clubs.
By 1935, there were 12 organized community clubs in Gadsden County: Concord, Edwards, Federal Roads, Flat Creek, Greensboro, Hardaway, Havana, Mt. Pleasant, New Bethel, Old Mt. Pleasant, Providence, and Sycamore.
The governing body for the home demonstration work of the county was called the County Council. The Council was composed of a President and one elected member from each community club. The Council and the home demonstration agent comprised the Executive Committee. The County Council assisted the home demonstration agent in planning the program of work which was carried out each year by club members. In planning a program of work, the agricultural situation in the county was studied and the needs of the different rural communities were considered.
Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon and Wakulla counties formed a Quadri-County Council in 1936. The Council was a regional organization comprised of club members from the four counties, who met once year to discuss their counties' programs.
The State Council of Senior Home Demonstration Work was comprised of the President of each County Council and one elected delegate. The State Council met once a year to report on county programs and to attend training sessions and lectures.
The collection contains eight scrapbooks of the Gadsden County Home Demonstration Club from 1935-1940 and 1947-1948. It also includes the Providence Club scrapbook from 1937-1938. The scrapbooks contain minutes, committee reports, correspondence, programs, photographs and newspaper clippings. The scrapbooks reflect the activities of the local community clubs, County Council, Quadri-County Council, and the State Council.
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