H.R.S. BENJAMIN

Pine Mountain Settlement School
Series 7: Directors

H.R.S. Benjamin
Director 1944 – 1949


TAGS: H.R.S. Benjamin ; Hermon Benjamin ; education ; PMSS Board of Trustees ; World War I ; Naval Reserve ; Ningpo, China ; Foreign Board of the Northern Baptist Convention ; American Indians ; Bacone College for North American Indians ;


H.M.S. Benjamin

“H.R.S. Benjamin, 1944 – 1949.” [pmss_photo_benjamin_mod.jpg]

In November 1944 a new director of Pine Mountain Settlement School was introduced to readers of the Notes from the Pine Mountain Settlement School by Evelyn Wells, Secretary of the Board:

The Board of Trustees of the Pine Mountain Settlement School takes pleasure in announcing the appointment of Mr. H.R.S. Benjamin as director. Mr. Benjamin took over August 1st…. 

Both Mr. Benjamin and his wife grew up in Nebraska, and are graduates of Grand Island [Nebraska] College and the University of Nebraska respectively. After the First World War, in which Mr. Benjamin served in the Naval Reserve, they went to China, where they worked from 1919 to 1940 under the Foreign Board of the Northern Baptist Convention, building up in Ningpo, East China, educational, religious, social and medical work of an extensive nature. Mr. Benjamin holds an M.A. in Education from the University of Chicago. Since 1940, when a furlough turned perforce into an extended stay in this country, he has been working in a college for [North American] Indians at Bacone, Oklahoma. One son and a son-in-law are in the services, another son is still in college at Berea. 

The Board looks back on the various administrations of Pine Mountain with a renewed appreciation of their distinctive characters. Every director has built something unique into the
school, as well as contributing to the steady growth of its early ideals. NO director has ever taken another’s place, but in making a new one for himself has helped make effective his predecessor’s work. The founders, Katherine Pettit and Ethel deLong, laid foundations found daily to be more sound; Glyn Morris‘ keen mind, contagious enthusiasm and tireless and imaginative work over a period of twelve years carried the school to a unique position not only in the Southern Appalachians, but in secondary education everywhere in America. Captain Morris belongs to the mountains, and we look for his return from war service to work there, be it at Pine Mountain or in some other capacity. To William Webb, loaned to us by the Congregational Board for the past two years as interim director, we wish all good fortune as he and his family go out to their new work in British East Africa.

As for the Benjamins: We quote from his first report to the Board: “… they [the boys and girls] are most certainly tying themselves tightly into my heart-strings. I am already asking myself, ‘Can I ever break those strings?’ ”

And from a member of the staff: “We are sure that we have already discovered in them the qualities which make for friendship, and for achievement both material and spiritual.”

Evelyn K. Wells
Secretary of the Board

Notes from the Pine Mountain Settlement School
Volume XVII , No. 1, NOVEMBER, 1944


H.R.S. Benjamin: GALLERY


Title

H.R.S. Benjamin

Alt. Title

Hermon Benjamin ; Hermon R. S. Benjamin ;

Identifier

H.R.S. BENJAMIN

Creator

Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY

Alt. Creator

Ann Angel Eberhardt ; Helen Hayes Wykle ;

Subject Keyword

H.R.S. Benjamin ; Pine Mountain Settlement School ; directors ; Evelyn K. Wells ; board secretaries ; education ; PMSS Board of Trustees ; Nebraska ; Grand Island College ; University of Nebraska ; World War I ; Naval Reserve ; Ningpo, China ; Foreign Board of the Northern Baptist Convention ; University of Chicago (IL) ; American Indians ; Bacone, OK ; Berea, KY ; Berea College ; Bacone College for North American Indians ; Notes from the Pine Mountain Settlement School ; Gladys Hill ; Fern Hayes ; Ruth Smith ; Margaret Motter ; Mrs. Benjamin ; Zande House ;

Subject LCSH

Benjamin, H.R.S.
Pine Mountain Settlement School (Pine Mountain, Ky.) — History.
Harlan County (Ky.) — History.
Education — Kentucky — Harlan County.
Schools — Appalachian Region, Southern.
Rural schools — Kentucky — History.

Date

2013-10-18

Publisher

Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY

Contributor

n/a

Type

Text ; image ;

Format

Original and copies of documents and correspondence in file folders in filing cabinet

Source

Series 7: Director’s Files

Language

English

Relation

Is related to: Pine Mountain Settlement School Collections, Series 7: Director’s Files

Coverage Temporal

c. 1914 – 1949

Coverage Spatial

Pine Mountain, KY ; Harlan County, KY ; Grand Island, NE ; Ningpo, China ; Chicago, IL ; Bacone, OK ; Berea, KY ;

Rights

Any display, publication, or public use must credit the Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY. Copyright retained by the creators of certain items in the collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Donor

n/a

Description

Core documents, correspondence, writings, and administrative papers created by or addressed to H.R.S. Benjamin ; clippings, photographs, books by or about H.R.S. Benjamin ;

Acquisition

n/d

Citation

“[Identification of Item],” [Collection Name] [Series Number, if applicable]. Pine Mountain Settlement School Institutional Papers. Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY.

Processed by

Helen Hayes Wykle ; Ann Angel Eberhardt ;

Last updated

2013-10-29 aae ; 2014-07-28 hhw ; 2016-03-08 aae ; 2017-05-24 ;

Bibliography

Notes From the Pine Mountain Settlement School. XVII (November 1944): 1. Series 17: PMSS Publications (Published by the School). Pine Mountain Settlement School Institutional Papers. Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY. Internet resource.

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