Guide to the Woodbine Home Demonstration Club records, 1961-2008

Woodbine Home Demonstration Club C0303


Published by George Mason University Libraries

Contact Information:

Fenwick Library (2FL)

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia 22030-4444

USA

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Descriptive Summary

Repository George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections Research Center.
Creator Woodbine Home Demonstration Club.
Title Woodbine Home Demonstration Club records
Dates 1961-2008
Physical Characteristics 3.0 linear feet (6 boxes)
Abstract Minutes, photographs, scrapbooks, and realia from the Woodbine Home Demonstration Club, a homemakers' organization.
Collection Number C0303
Language English

Historical Information

The Woodbine Home Demonstration Club of Prince William County, VA was born of a wider movement across the United States - Elizabeth Griffin Hill notes that "Home Demonstration Clubs were an integral part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service, which was established during the early 20th century as an experiment in adult education, providing agricultural demonstration work for men and home demonstration work for women." According to a history by Louise Benton (a long-time officer and member), the Woodbine Club formed from the merger of two different home demonstration clubs in 1941. The organization was also known as the Woodbine Extension Homemakers Club and later as the Woodbine Family, Community, and Education (FCE) Club. Over the years, the women of the group gathered regularly, held meetings and events, and raised money for numerous charities. As of 2017, the Woodbine FCE club has disbanded.

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Scope and Content

The collection is largely made up of scrapbooks, meeting minutes, photographs, and realia kept by the Woodbine Home Demonstration Club of Prince William County, VA between 1961 and 2008. The social and charitable activities of the club from the 1960s to the early 2000s are well documented in the records. Of particular interest in one of the scrapbooks from 1978-1979 is a letter from the White House congratulating club officer Louise Benton on her designation as Homemaker of the Year. VHS tapes and a DVD on charitable programs and the dedication of Louise Benton Middle School are also included.

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Arrangement

The collection is largely arranged by format.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions on personal use. Permission to publish material from the Woodbine Home Demonstration Club records must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

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Related Material

The Special Collections Research Center holds other collections donated by RELIC at the Prince William County Library, including the Future Farmers of America, Nokesville records, the Prince William Cultural Arts Foundation records, the Henry H. Douglas papers, and the Prince William Historic Newspapers collection.

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Index Terms

Geographical Names:

Prince William County (Va.)

Subjects:

Domestic life.
Home economics extension work.
Home economics.
Women--Societies and clubs.

Document Types:

Color photographs
Scrapbooks.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Woodbine Home Demonstration Club records, #C0303, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

Acquisition Information

Donated by the Prince William County Library in November 2016.

Processing Information

Processing completed by Elizabeth Beckman in February 2017. EAD markup completed by Elizabeth Beckman in February 2017.

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Bibliography

Hill, Elizabeth Griffin. 'Home Demonstration Clubs,' The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture. Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Central Arkansas Library System, accessed February 2, 2017.

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Contents List

Box Folder
1 1 Minutes recorded by secretaries, November 1965-October 1969
3 Minutes, meeting information (1 of 2), January 1970-November 1978
some pages may be out of chronological order due to sleeved pages falling out of the folder
4 Minutes, meeting information (2 of 2), January 1970-November 1978
some pages may be out of chronological order due to sleeved pages falling out of the folder
2 Woodbine Extension Homemakers Club minutes, 1979-1989
5 Histories, minutes, members, correspondence, etc. (1 of 2), 1996-2006
6 Histories, minutes, members, correspondence, etc. (2 of 2), 1996-2006
Box Folder
2 1 Family and Community Education Achievement Day programs, various other brochures, funeral bulletin, 1992-2008
2 Family and Community Education newsletters, meeting minutes, photos, etc., 2001-2002
3 Items pertaining to naming of Louise Benton Middle School, 1979-2000
4 Yearbooks/handbooks, Family and Community Education Achievement Day program, 2 photos (1 of 2), 1979-2002
5 Yearbooks/handbooks, Family and Community Education Achievement Day program, 2 photos (2 of 2), 1979-2002
6 Club scrapbook (1 of 2), 1977-1978
7 Club scrapbook (2 of 2), 1977-1978
Box Folder
3 1 Club scrapbook (1 of 2), 1977-1978
2 Club scrapbook (2 of 2), 1977-1978
3 Duties of club officers (2001), newsclippings, scrapbook, etc. (1 of 2), 1961-2002
4 Duties of club officers (2001), newsclippings, scrapbook, etc. (2 of 2), 1961-2002
5 Photos, postcards/brochures/programs, activities, circa 1970s-2003
6 Historical items on Woodbine FCE Club, 1999-2003
Box Folder
4 3 VHS tapes, 1 DVD on various charitable organizations/naming of Louise Benton Middle School, circa early 2000s
Gavel, two key chains, Benton Cougars cup, school kit instructions, circa 1970s-2001
Box Folder
5 Scrapbook and Scrapbook pages, 1999-2003
Two signs, circa late 1990s-early 2000s
Scrapbook, 1977-1978
Scrapbook, 1978-1979
Smile doll and description, circa 2003
Box Folder
6 Scrapbook, 1964
Scrapbook, 1997-2002
Scrapbook, 2004-2008
Virginia and United States flags, undated
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