Hopewell Valley Historical Society Annual Meeting

Hopewell Valley Historical Society Annual Meeting


Hopewell Valley — September 7, 2018 — The Hopewell Valley Historical Society will hold its Annual Meeting on Sunday, September 30, 2018, from 3:00 pm until 4:30 pm, in the Morrell Hall at the Pennington United Methodist Church, located at 60 South Main Street, Pennington, NJ. The Annual Meeting will feature a presentation by Mercer County 4-H Agent, Chad Ripberger, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Mercer County 4-H Fair. 


The Annual Meeting of the Hopewell Valley Historical Society will begin at 3:00 pm with a brief membership meeting, during which there will be an election of officers and trustees. The meeting is open to the public, but voting is for members only. There will also be a short review of the special events, initiatives, and accomplishments of the past year and remarks from the Hopewell Valley Historical Society President Larry Kidder. 


At 3:30 pm Chad Ripberger, Mercer County 4-H Agent, will present, “Mercer County 4-H — A Rich History of Making the Best Better.” In commemoration of the centennial of the Mercer County 4-H Fair, Ripberger will highlight some of the key moments, people, and events in the history of Mercer County 4-H. He will discuss how 4-H has changed since its first fair in 1919 and how the program continues to meet the needs of youth, families, and communities. Ripberger will also focus on the recent history of the 4-H program and provide an overview of several of its current initiatives. 


Ripberger has served as the County 4-H Agent and County Extension Department Head for Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Mercer County since 2003. As the 4-H Agent, he provides leadership to all of Mercer County’s 4-H Youth Development programming. Chad earned a B.S. in Agricultural Education and a M.S. in Education Administration, both from Purdue University. 


Ripberger’s fascinating and informative talk is part of the ongoing celebration of Mercer County 4-H’s centennial. In late July, Mercer County 4-H celebrated its 100th County 4-H Fair at Howell Living History Farm. In June, Hopewell Valley Historical Society hosted a talk by its president, Larry Kidder, about the history leading up to the Pleasant Valley Calf Club and its early community fairs, which were held at the rural school house near the Howell farm. During the 100th Mercer County 4-H Fair, there were several activities about the history of 4-H activities in the county and in Hopewell Township — including a video with reflections of local 4-H alumni, a scavenger hunt, and a display of several 4-H artifacts. 


Join the Hopewell Valley Historical Society for this celebration of history, the 100th anniversary of Mercer County 4-H, and Hopewell Valley. Refreshments will be served. 



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