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Hancock County Home Demonstration Council Records - MS 232

Introduction | Agency History | Scope and Content | Series DescriptionInventory

Introduction

The minutes of The Hancock County Home Demonstration Council, a Women's Home Economics Club spans from 1946 to 1976. The collection is comprised of club minutes, scrapbooks, files and photos, all of which describe the Council's members and their activities.

This collection was donated and transferred to the Center for Archival Collections in December 1981. The collection was arranged and finding aid prepared by Laura Calvelage in October 1998.

Agency History

The Hancock County Home Demonstration Council was organized in approximately 1946. The membership was comprised of mainly farm wives, but some members lived in the city of Findlay. Meetings were held one day each month and a roll call was taken each time. Officers consisted of a president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer.

The Hancock County Home Demonstration Club meetings were held in either a member's home or at the Hancock County Extension Office. At each meeting a treasurer's report and a secretary's report were read and old and new business was discussed.

The collection ends around 1976, but it is assumed that the club is still meeting. Basically, the Hancock County Home Demonstration Council was a way for women to join together for the purposes of learning and socializing.

Scope and Content

The core of the Hancock County Home Demonstration Council Collection is in the Secretary's books, which contain the minutes of each meeting. These books are useful as they listed who attended the meetings and the officers, and described the activities in which the members were involved.

Also included in the collection are scrapbooks that contain letters to the organization, newspaper clippings covering the organization's activities, and photos. They also contain pamphlets, minutes of meetings, and small items the club made, like Christmas ornaments.

Included in the collection are several folders containing information about the club's activities. These include Achievement Day, Campus Days for Women, a fair booth at the Hancock County Fair, and a Christmas open house. The files also include information from the president of the group and mailing lists.

Series Description

PROCEEDINGS

SECRETARY'S BOOK
1946-1976
Arranged chronologically
Includes minutes of meetings, attendance sheets, brochures, business letters, and newspaper clippings. Also includes programs, cards, and a Basic Constitution.

MAILING LIST
n.d. "Blue Book."
Includes names and addresses of members of the Home Demonstration Council and Home Demonstration agents.

SUBJECT FILES

ACHIEVEMENT DAY
1964-1969
Arranged chronologically
Includes fliers about Achievement Day, International Day and International Day luncheon, and pamphlet titled "Summer Designs for '69."

AUGUST HOME COUNCIL MEETING
1970
Includes fact sheets about the National Extension Homemakers Council meeting in August 1970.

CAMPUS DAYS FOR WOMEN
1969
Includes letters and brochures about "mini-courses" at The Ohio State University

CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE
1964-1966
Arranged chronologically
Includes programs, letters concerning the open house, and newspaper clippings.

FAIR BOOTH
1969-1970
Arranged chronologically
Includes description of materials used in their fair booth at the Hancock County Fair as well as a description of the booth itself.

HEALTH
1969
Includes pamphlets titled "The Art of Living with Family Crises" and "The Art of Living with our Tensions." Also includes a program from The Ohio Rural Health Council District Health Conferences.

PRESIDENT
1969-1970
Arranged chronologically
Includes letters from the President of the Ohio Extension Homemakers Council, information about trips, scholarships, and The Ohio International Farm Youth Exchange. Also includes an Ohio Extension Homemakers Council Constitution, newsletters, a fact sheet, programs about meetings and workshops, and fliers titled "Politics is for People-Citizens at Work" and "The Ten Commandments to Good Communication."

COUNTY HOME ECONOMICS EXTENSION AGENT
1956-1957
Arranged chronologically
Includes letters and fliers

SCRAPBOOKS

SCRAPBOOKS
1952-1960
Arranged chronologically
Includes newspaper clippings of club events, photographs, letters, minutes of meetings, and homemade items.

PHOTOGRAPHIC MATERIALS

PHOTOGRAPHS
1962
Includes a newspaper clipping with pictures about the group's open house and the actual pictures used in the newspaper article

Inventory

Box 1

Folder
  1. Secretary's Book, 1946-1952
  2. Secretary's Book, 1952-1954
  3. Secretary's Book, 1954-1966
  4. Secretary's Book, 1966-1976
  5. Mailing List - blue book, n.d.
  6. Mailing List, n.d.

Box 2

Folder
  1. Achievement Day, 1964-1969
  2. August Home Council Meeting, 1970
  3. Campus Day for Women, 1969
  4. Christmas Open House, 1964-1966
  5. Fair Booth, 1969-1970
  6. Health 1969
  7. President, 1969-1970
  8. County Home Economics Extension Agent, 1956-1957
  9. Photographs, 1962

Box 3

Folder
  1. Scrapbook, 1952-1955
  2. Scrapbook, 1956-1958
  3. Scrapbook, 1958-1960

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