Discover your family’s history as you go on a treasure hunt for information. The records you create will last a lifetime.
Show Your Skills
- Prepare an exhibit of items, pictures, maps, charts, slides/tapes, drawings, illustrations, writings or displays that depict the heritage of the member’s family or community or 4-H history
- Make a scrapbook
- Complete a family tree
Service and Leadership
- Help maintain and beautify the cemetery grounds: prune trees, mend flags and ensure they are in perfect condition for public display, sponsor a burial area or flower bed and maintain it all year long, resurface and repaint/stain cemetery benches used for reflection and rest
- Volunteer at a nursing home or assisted living facility
- Supply a meal at a local VFW, or veterans’ organization and visit with the veterans
- Assist with placing flags in the cemetery on Memorial Day and Veterans Day
- Host a meeting with the local historical society
- Host a flag retirement service/ceremony
- Present at a meeting on local historical topics and your findings
- Educate your peers about the history of another culture
- Research the heritage of others
- Develop a portfolio for others
- Digitize old photos/film reels to preserve family memories and heritage
- Creating digital copies of old family records
- Digitizing photos and film reels
- Connecting with a Mentor
- Historical Society - a “Directory of Local Illinois Historical Societies” is available at: www.historyillinois.org
- Flag retirement service & ceremony
- History Hub in partnership with National Archives and Library of Congress
Project Manuals & Exhibit Requirements
- Family History Treasure Hunt
Purchase manuals on the Shop Illinois 4-H Store.
View exhibit requirements and scoresheets on the Illinois State Fair page.
Oklahoma State University Extension-4-H Youth Development: Heritage Scrapbook online project manual
Illinois 4-H Project Guide: 2019- 2020
University of Illinois Extension staff that contributed to this resource include Sarah Luce.
4-H Spark Sheets are a collaborative effort of 4-H staff, volunteers, alumni and teens from across Illinois. A big thanks to the many contributors and reviewers!