Future Homemakers of America & New Homemakers of America

Also known as FHA and NHA

FHA-HERO

FCCLA

Both the Future Homemakers of America  and the New Homemakers of America officially began in June of 1945, working to combine and unify hundreds of home economic clubs in high schools across the US. Later this also included junior high schools. Although the Future Homemakers and the New Homemakers  were separate programs based on the predominate race of the high school the students attended, they were both guided by the same agencies; The U.S. Dept. of Education and the American Home Economics Association. Prior to 1945 there were many, many school clubs with the name of Future Homemakers or New Homemakers of America, but it wasn't until 1945 that they unified.

 

     

Boys were allowed to join during the mid-1970s.

 It seems that there were National Projects and State Projects for members to work on.  The 1962-1965 list of National Projects were;

  • Stay in School

  • You and Your Values,

  • Focus on Family

  •  Marriage Calls for Preparation

  •  Action for Citizenship

 

 

The New Homemakers of America (NHA), for students in predominantly black schools, merged with FHA officially on July 1,1965, though the changes didn't appear until the school year started up again in the fall.

 

 

 

 

These emblems are from the various programs throughout the years.

1945-1977

  
1945-1965

Another version of New Homemakers is the FHA eight sided emblem with a banner across the front.

 

1971-1977

HERO, Home Economics Related Occupations was launched in the early 1970's, encouraging  FHA groups to expand their focus.

 


1977-1999

The national emblem changed again in 1977.

1999 - current

In 1999 the program changed it's name to Family, Careers and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) and continues today.

 

Motto: Towards New Horizons

Creed:
We are Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America.
We face the future with warm courage and high hope.
For we have a clear consciousness of seeking old and precious values.
For we are the builders of homes,
Homes for America's future.
Homes where living will be the expression of everything that is good and fair.
Homes where truth and love and faith and security will be realities, not dreams.
We are Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America.
We face the future with warm courage and high hope.

Colors: Red and White

Flower: Red Rose

 

 

Future Homemakers of America Membership Pins

Membership pins came in 10k gold, rolled gold plate, Sterling silver and Bronze (Bronze started in 1950).

 


Type 1

Few rays behind house

Likely the first design - 1945





Type 2

Multiple rays behind house

Used by 1950



Type 3

2 thumbs visible, leaves at cuffs, arms extend to ring

Type 4
1971

Separate program
Home Economic Related Occupations





Type 5
1977

Merging FHA and HERO emblems

Some FHA-HERO clubs remain active
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Type 6
1999

FHA/HERO changes name to Family, Career and Community Leaders of America

 

 

Future Homemakers of America Specialty Guards and Degree Emblems

Specialty Guards have pins on the back, degree emblems are charms on the chain between the FHA pin and guard pin.


Junior Homemaker Emblem

Key


Chapter Emblem

Scroll

State Emblem

Torch





FHA guard pin, older design



FHA guard pin



Gavel Guard pin

Chapter President





Specialty Guard:

H = Honorary Guard
A = Chapter Advisor
M = Chapter Mother
P= Chapter Parent

 

February 1950

Teen Times, the official magazine



Teen Times Magazine
continues today
December 2014 issue


Future Homemakers of America

Thimble

Sterling Silver

 

Future Homemaker's Jacket

Future Homemaker's Jacket label

 



Future Homemakers of America

Letter Opener


Collegiate Style Ring, Type 3


Collegiate Style Ring, Type 2





FHA charms


Future Homemakers of America

Scrapbook



Button style pins




FHA bracelet

1974 Future Homemakers of America National Convention Charm.

 

Future Homemakers of America Camps

 

Like many youth organizations, the FHA also had summer camps at the local, state and national level. Many of these camps worked in tandem with the Future Farmers of America/New Farmers of America.