Future Homemakers of America & New Homemakers of America

Sponsors: U.S. Dept. of Education and American Home Economics Assc.


Also known as: FHA and NHA

                           HERO - Home Economic Related Occupations

                           FHA-HERO - Future Homemakers of America, Home Economic Related Occupations

                           FCCLA - Family, Careers and Community Leaders of America

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 nationally.

The FHA and NHA officially merged in 1965.

The program went co-ed in 1970.

Type 1
Few rays behind house
Likely the first design - 1945

Type 2
Multiple rays behind house
Used by 1950


3 known variations of this design

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


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


The national emblem changed again in 1977, with the merge of FHA & HERO.

Type 3
2 thumbs visible, leaves at cuffs, arms extend to ring

1999 - current

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

February 1950

Teen Times, the official magazine

Official FHA Jacket

FHA Thimble

FHA membership pins came in 10k gold, rolled gold plate, Sterling silver and in 1950 Bronze was added

Older and newer FHA Guard Pins

Guard Pins attached by chain to FHA membership pins; "H" Honorary Guard, "M" Chapter Mother, Gavel - President

Not shown; "A" Chapter Advisor, "P" Chapter Parent

Membership Card




Emblems are the small charms often found with membership pins

Scroll - Chapter

Torch - State

Key - Jr. High

FHA Rings

                      Type 2 - single band                                                  Type 2 - split band                                                 Type 2 - Collegiate Style                                   Type 3 - Collegiate Style


Type 2

Gold Charm


Type 2

Button Style pin


Letter Opener



FHA 1966 National Convention Charm

FHA members worked on local, state and national projects

 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


FHA 1974 National Convention Charm

In 1971, FHA launched a separate program called  - HERO - 

Home Economic Related Occupations


FHA and HERO merge into one program


FHA HERO is granted a trademark and drops the metal pins in favor of an enameled red & white membership pin


Future Homemakers of America officially disappears, in favor of FCCLA - Family, Careers and Commuinty Leadership of America

Continues today


December 2014

Teen Times, the official magazine


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