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The purpose of this research project was to create a picture book biography of Jessie Field Shambaugh, an influential woman during the beginning of the 4-H movement. The book provides an additional resource in satisfying the Iowa Common Core social studies standard addressing the role of individuals within a society as promoters of change and another emphasizing women and minorities.

The intent of this project was to determine the best information to include in the story of Jessie Field Shambaugh and her contributions to the4-H movement while applying research-based characteristics of high quality picture books that would connect the narrative of the story with the images. The narrative was based upon extensive research using the Iowa State University Library Special Collections Department, the Iowa Women's Archives of the University of Iowa Libraries, the Nodaway Valley Historical Museum, and the Clarinda Public Library. Further research also included reading several books about and written by Jessie Field Shambaugh.

In addition to creating the storyline and writing the narrative, I also secured an illustrator, arranged printing at the local Area Education Agency, attained copyright permissions for the use of the 4-H Name and Emblem from the 4-H Youth Development Extension at Iowa State University and permission for the use of historical documents obtained from the Iowa Women's Archives at the University of Iowa Libraries. This research culminated in the creation of the picture book biography, "Jessie Field Shambaugh: The First Lady of the Cornfields, and the Mother of 4-H."

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Master of Arts


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

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Karla Krueger


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