Fannie R. Buchanan
"In my estimation,
there probably has been no other woman in the history of Iowa
who has contributed more to the cultural enlightenment of rural
Mary Edna Pilgrim Sherman, 1983
R. Buchanan, who grew up in Grinnell, Iowa, touched Iowans in
nearly every county in the state through the music projects she
conducted for the Iowa State College Extension Service. During
the lean years of the Depression, Buchanan brought classical
and folk music and vocal and dance instruction to rural Iowans
who had limited opportunities for recreation. Buchanan had worked
during World War I for the War Camp Community Service and the
American Red Cross, organizing special music and rehabilitation
projects. After the war, she returned to Iowa and began her travels
around the state, organizing rural choruses and staging pageants.
Buchanan devoted much of her time to promoting musical activities
in 4-H Clubs, and many of the songs she wrote for that organization
were designated as official 4-H songs and are still sung today.
Buchanan died in 1957. Buchanan was inducted into the Iowa Women's
Hall of Fame in 1984.