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Deevers Spring Valley Home Economics Extension Club Scrapbook
Extent: 0.25 linear feet
Accession Number: 2007.043.
Abstract:   Scrapbook (22 pages) containing yearbooks from the Cape Girardeau County Women’s Extension Club, Achievement Day programs, group photographs, newspaper clippings, and ephemera documenting the activities of the Spring Valley Home Economics Extension Club.
Processed by: Amber Miranda, June, 2008
Repository: Special Collections and Archives, Southeast Missouri State University
Phone: (573) 651-2245; Fax: (573) 651-2666; Email: semoarchives@semo.edu
Provenance:   Donated in 2007 by Glenda R. Eddleman of Cape Girardeau. Mrs. Eddleman’s mother, Mrs. Glenn (Lorena) Deevers, created and complied the scrapbook while she was a member of the club.
Citation: Spring Valley Home Economics Extension Club Scrapbook, Special Collections and Archives, Southeast Missouri State University
Restrictions: None
Related Collections
Elsie Carper Collection on Extension Service, Home Economics, and 4-H Collection, National Agricultural Library.
Organizational Sketch
The Spring Valley Home Economics Extension Club was part of the a national movement of Extension Clubs. The Cooperative Extension Service is an educational agency of state land-grant colleges and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) created in the early 1900s to address rural agricultural issues. The agency, which started at a time when more than 50 percent of the U.S. population lived in rural areas and 30 percent of the workforce was engaged in farming, provided information on agricultural and home economics subjects and taught people how to use this information. Extension's interaction with rural America helped make possible the American agricultural revolution, which dramatically increased farm productivity.

The basic philosophy of the program was to "help people help themselves." A home demonstration agent worked with farm families, community leaders, and urban families to help them analyze family living situations, to recognize major problems, and to develop programs that aided them in making desired changes. One of the agent's major responsibilities was to convey the results of research in home economics to families in a form which they could understand and apply. Home demonstration agents conducted their work through group meetings, clinics, office and home visits, and by using exhibits, radio, television, and the press.

Extension Service work consisted of three general areas--agriculture, home economics, and 4-H. The homemaking phase of extension work brought families the latest research and information to help them achieve better living. Agents encouraged women to use the time, energy, money, and abilities of the family to achieve the goals the family considered important. Extension workers offered advice on how to prepare good, nutritious low cost meals; select and buy clothes for the family; make the home more convenient, attractive, and comfortable; and make housekeeping easier.
Scope and Content Note
The bulk of the collection consists of Club yearbooks (1944-1968) documenting the activities of the Spring Valley Home Economics Extension Club. The yearbooks include recipes for cleaning solutions, pest repellents, and offer advice subjects like gardening, entertaining, and decorating. The rest of the collection, achievement day programs; group photograph; newspaper clippings, make up a relatively small part of the collection and pertain to the events sponsored by the club.
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