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South Burdick Extension Club

Identifier: RH-A-3340

Scope and Contents

Michigan State University,a land grant educational institution established in 1855, began in 1907 to send experts across Michigan sharing information with farmers, their wives and children about crops, home management and programs like 4-H.This program became more formal in 1914 with the national Smith-Lever Act.The Extension services were coordinated through the various counties across the State.The South Burdick Extension Club would have been one of the services that Michigan State University would have had some hand in its coordination. One of the letters states that in 1950 there were similar groups at Wilson, South Westnedge, Westwood and Oakwood, some which are names of elementary schools and all are names of neighborhoods.The material covers the period of 1945 to 1950 so it is not known how long these clubs met and how long these clubs existed but that information may be found at a later time.


  • Creation: 1945-1950


.10 Cubic Feet

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Physical Description

The collection amounts to .10 cubic feet and is composed of seven items all relating to the South Burdick Extension Club. There are two letters measuring approximately 6”x8” with envelopes attached, one, dated 1949, is a thank you from one of the members for a distinguished service pin. The other one from 1950 discusses ways to bring other local Extension Clubs closer together. In addition, there are three cards, two Thank You cards and one Christmas card which average about 4.5”x5.5”.Also in the folder is a program, 4.5”x6”, printed on goldenrod paper with a heavy blue heavier cover with a seal on the front from the Cooperative Extension Service. It is dated October 25, 1950 and gives information about an event held at the County Center Building located at Recreation Park now called the Kalamazoo County Fairgrounds on Lake Street.The last piece is a Secretary-Treasurer Record Book for 1945 to 1946 which is 8”x11” and has twenty-three pages and a heavier green cover with printing on the bottom from the Michigan State College Extension Service.The letters and cards are in good shape only with a tiny bit of yellowing. The program booklet is discolored around the edges and spin but the pages inside are in good condition. The Secretary-Treasurer’s Record Book have pages which have been detached from the book with some folded at the edges. Both ink and pencil were used to record information and some of the pencil is smudged.

South Burdick Extension Club
Lynn Houghton
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Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository

Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
1650 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
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