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This collection contains scrapbooks with photographs, documents, printed ephemera, correspondence, newspapers, and newsletters.

Biographical/Historical Note

Home Demonstration Clubs began in 1862 with the Morrill Act, also called “An Act Donating Public Lands to Several States and Territories which may provide Colleges for the Benefit of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts.” This law provided 30,000 acres of Federal land to each state and a territory with a Congressional delegation. The money from the sale of this land was then used to found colleges that concentrated on agriculture and mechanical education. The Smith-Lever Act of 1914 augmented the Morrill Act and expanded the original idea of educating rural people in modern agriculture technology. The program now included funding for women (both white and black), and children’s groups. The first Home Demonstration Club in Arkansas began in Mabelvale, Pulaski County in March 1914. Home demonstration clubs were designed to teach modern and improved techniques in order to better living conditions for farm families. The clubs surpassed the original ideas of just helping their individual families. The women took their skills out into the community and helped with relief efforts for flooding victims, World War I food conservation, and influenza, etc. The Home Demonstration Club changed its name to Extension Homemakers Club in 1965.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"


Home demonstration work; United States. Federal Extension Service

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Resource Type



Home Demonstration Clubs of Arkansas, MS.000654


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Home Demonstration Clubs scrapbooks, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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