Arizona 4-H Museum
The Oliver Anderson Family 4-H Museum
Arizona's 4-H program has a long and illustrious history. Nationally, 4-H's history dates to 1902, when A. B. Graham organized the first 4-H club in the basement of the Clark County Courthouse in Springfield Township, Ohio. The first 4-H club in Arizona was organized as the Boys Cotton Club in Chandler by George Peabody in 1913, and within a year 87 members were involved in 12 Boys' and Girls' clubs across the state.
In 2002 Oliver Anderson, of Maricopa, proposed that a state 4-H museum be created to document the rich history of Arizona's 4-H Youth Development Program. Plans for the museum were included in the development of the Faul 4-H Ag-Village at the University of Arizona's Maricopa Agricultural Center (MAC), and in 2003 Oliver and Hermina Anderson donated the funds needed to create the display cases needed for the museum.
During National 4-H Week in 2004 Oliver and Hermina Anderson, joined by their family, cut the green ribbon to officially open the Oliver Anderson Family 4-H Museum. The museum houses over 1,000 historic 4-H photos, record books, and other memorabilia. Oliver even donated his own 4-H Membership Certificate, signed by Emil Rovey in 1940!