Location: Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Annual MSU pre-college program that attracts approximately 2500 youth participants and chaperones representing all 83 Michigan counties.
If you’re interested in traditions, history, traditional crafts, foods or your own heritage, the 4-H Folkpatterns program is for you! Discover the traditions in your life and in the lives of others. Connect with tradition-bearers in your community. Explore food traditions, stories and customs of family members. Grow a heritage garden. Learn a folk dance. Document the historic barns in your community. Study the art of gravestone symbols. Research your family tree. Interview a former 4-H’er for the Michigan 4-H History Project. Hold an ethnic dinner. Discover how culturally diverse every community is!
For more information on how to get involved as a youth or volunteer, contact your county MSU Extension office
- Family Folklore: A 4-H Folkpatterns Project (4H1330)
- Folk Arts in Education: A Resource Handbook II
- Folkpatterns 4-H Leader’s Guide (4H1506)
- Foodways: A 4-H Folkpatterns Project (4H1329)
- Heritage Gardening: Vegetables (4H1279)
- Member’s Personal 4-H Record Book (4H1192)
- Michigan 4-H Guide to Herb Gardening Projects (4H1516)
- Michigan 4-H History Project Collection Manual & Oral History Interviewing Guide (4H1598)
- Michigan Arts Organizations
- Michigan Barn & Farmstead Survey Manual