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UALR Seminar in Public History (HIST 7391) Files on the Heifer Project International, 1993
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Scope and Contents Note
This collection contains the project report, interview transcripts, and audiocassette tapes from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Seminar in Public History's 1993 project, "From Relief to Development: The Evolving Mission of Heifer Project International, Inc.," directed by Deborah J. Baldwin, Ph.D., which includes a history of the Heifer Project International and research materials.
The Heifer Project International was founded in 1944 as Heifer for Relief by an Indiana farmer named Dan West. Two years earlier, West developed the concept for an organization that would provide hunger relief for families in need and solutions of how to combat hunger and poverty for whole communities.
This idea was drawn from West's experience as a relief worker from 1937 to 1938 during the Spanish Civil War, where he witnessed hunger among Spain's citizens who had been displaced by the war. Rather than allotting rations of food that would only last a family for a short period, West wanted to provide families with cattle to sustain them. Heifer for Relief sent its first shipment of cattle to Puerto Rico in the summer of 1944.
In the organization's early years, heifers were shipped primarily from midwestern states in America to families in Europe who were in need following World War II. In 1945, the organization introduced its first program of "Passing the Gift," where a family in need received a heifer for a period of time and then passed the cow to another family in need. It also included two shipments to Cotton Plant and Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
The program became the organization's mission model of bringing families out of hunger and poverty by providing them with sustainable food goods and income derived from food products. In 1973, Heifer for Relief changed the organization's name to the Heifer Project International and located its headquarters in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Historical Note on UALR Seminar in Public History
The Seminar in Public History (HIST 7391) is a required course restricted to graduate students in the Masters of Arts in Public History at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Through direct readings and extensive research on specialized topics in public history, graduate students concentrate on basic skills needed for all specialized areas in public history. The objective of this course is for graduate students to experience team-research in the application of learned skills in report preparation, oral history, exhibition preparation, cultural resource management, and conservation techniques under a simulated contractual arrangement with a company or non-profit agency.
Heifer Project International.
University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Department of History. (source)
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UALR Seminar in Public History (HIST 7391) Files on the Heifer Project International, 1993, UALR.MS.0226. UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture, Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock.
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Description of item, file number, UALR Seminar in Public History (HIST 7391) Files on the Heifer Project International, 1993, UALR.MS.0226.
Adrienne McGill, Graduate Assistant, M.A. in Public History, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Spring 2013.