PUBLICATIONS PMSS EPHEMERA 1915 Pine Mountain Settlement School in the Making

Pine Mountain Settlement School
Series 04: HISTORIES
Brochure 1915
“The Pine Mountain Settlement School
in the Making”

PUBLICATIONS PMSS EPHEMERA 1915 Pine Mountain Settlement School in the Making

“The Pine Mountain Settlement School in the Making.” [pettit_1915_broch3_001]

PUBLICATIONS PMSS EPHEMERA 1915 Pine Mountain Settlement School in the Making

TAGS: The Pine Mountain Settlement School in the Making, PMSS publications, promotional literature, Ethel de Long, Uncle William Creech, industrial education, agricultural education, recreation, General Advisory Board, C.N. Kendall, Percy H. Boynton, Local Advisory Board, trustees, executive committee, New Jersey Department of Public Instruction

CONTENTS: Publications; brochures; Pine Mountain Settlement School history; publicity; promotional literature; 1915; 1915 ?; The Pine Mountain Settlement School in the Making ; Instruction ; Ethel de Long ; Uncle William Creech ; education ; communities ; industrial education ; agricultural education ; recreation ; country districts ; educational experiments ; American stock ; General Advisory Board ; C.N. Kendall, Commissioner of Education, Trenton, NJ ; Harlan, KY ; Christopher[?] Columbus Creech ; Hindman, KY ; Percy H. Boynton, Dean in the College of Arts and Literature, University of Chicago ; needs ; annual subscriptions ; nurses ; salaries ; schools ; community houses ; scholarships ; Charles N. Manning ; Mrs. J.R. Morton ; Mr. Samuel M. Wilson ; Miss Elizabeth Hench ; Mr. Calvin N. Kendall ; Miss Elizabeth Moore ; Miss Viola Sullivan ; Dr. Willis H. Butler ; Miss Mary Rockwell ; Mr. Francis Taylor ; Local Advisory Board ; Mr. Henry Creech ; Mr. Lloyd Turner ; Mr. Kenneth Nolan ; Executive Committee ; trustees ; legal status ; founders ; purpose ; neighborhoods ; Greasy Creek






December 5, 1913.

Miss Ethel de Long,
Pine Mountain Settlement School,
Pine Mountain, Kentucky.

My dear Miss de Long:-

I have read with a great deal of interest “Uncle William” Creech‘s reasons for the establishment of a school at Pine Mountain. I have rarely seen so pathetic and so convincing a statement as to the need of education. I wish that his letter might find a wide circulation, not only for the purpose of stirring up greater interest in what you are attempting to do at Pine Mountain, but also to affect other communities which need the same kind of “preachment” as expressed in “Uncle William’s” letter.

I am glad to hear of the progress that you are making with the Pine Mountain School. You have a unique opportunity in the mountains; because so little has been done for education there. You are therefore not hampered by traditions. You are making use of the opportunity by establishing a school that will use the life of the community for educative material. You are planning work in both industrial and agricultural lines, which is so much needed in the mountains as well as elsewhere.

I am glad to observe, too, that you have taken up the whole subject of recreation as a part of your educational activities. You are abundantly justified in this part of your work because of low standards that prevail with reference to the social and recreational side of life.

I am quite sure that as your work becomes better known more and more people will be interested in it, and for two reasons. First, you are establishing a school of the right sort, not merely for people in the mountains, but for schools in country districts elsewhere. As such it is one of the most promising educational experiments, in my judgment, in the country.

In the second place, the people in the region in…


…which you are working are the purest American stock that is to be found anywhere in the country. If I am reliably informed, they number as many persons as were in the Thirteen Colonies at the close of the American Revolution. It would be interesting to see how such people can be developed by means of educational institutions. From this point of view there is no such opportunity for a school anywhere in the country as yours presents.

Permit me to say that I know of no two women who are better qualified to carry on this work than yourself and Miss [Katherine] Pettit, not only because of your experience, but because of your unusual understanding of the kind of education that should be given in the community you are serving.

Because of my faith in the management of the school, and also because of the unique possibilities that the school presents, I was glad to serve on the General Advisory Board.

Very truly yours,
C.N. Kendall,
Commissioner of Education.


November the 3rd, 1913.

Dear Miss de Long:

After I had come to the mountains in September, I found, vivid as your presentation of the facts had been, that I had only a faint conception as to what the whole problem of education down there meant. I gained my first idea when I reached Harlan, miles before arriving at Pine Mountain. I gained new light as I saw the wonderful location of the new school, heard the plan expounded by Miss Pettit, interviewed your chief patrons, Uncle William [Creech] and Uncle John, and discussed the whole situation with Christopher[?]  Columbus [Creech] as we covered the forty-five miles across country to Hindman. There where I saw what had been accomplished during the years of activity at the school you are leaving, I was still more deeply affected. I have talked about the whole situation with the utmost enthusiasm to all who would listen, and I shall continue to do so as often as I can get a hearer.

Percy H. Boynton
Dean in the College of Arts and Literature



8,000 for a school and community house.
$10,000 in annual subscriptions from $1.00 up.
$500 for nurse’s salary.
Scholarships of $125 each.

All contributions should be sent to Mr. C.N. Manning, Treasurer, Security Trust Company, Lexington, Ky.



Mrs. J. R. Morton, President, Lexington, Ky.
Mr. Samuel M. Wilson, Vice-President, Lexington, Ky.
Miss Elizabeth Hench, Secretary, Indianapolis, Ind.
Mr. Charles N. Manning, Treasurer, Lexington, Ky.
Mr. Calvin N. Kendall, Trenton, N.J.
Miss Elizabeth Moore, St. Louis, Mo.
Miss Katherine Pettit, Pine Mountain, Ky.
Miss Viola Sullivan, Winchester, Mass.
Miss Ethel de Long, Pine Mountain, Ky.
Dr. Willis H. Butler, Old South Church, Boston
Miss Mary Rockwell, Kansas City, Mo.
Mr. Francis Taylor, Philadelphia, Penn.


Mr. Henry Creech, Pine Mountain, Ky.
Mr. Lloyd Turner, Pine Mountain, Ky.
Mr. Kenneth Nolan, Pine Mountain, Ky.


Miss Katherine Pettit, Pine Mountain, Ky.,
Miss Ethel de Long, Pine Mountain, Ky.
Mr. Charles N. Manning, Lexington, Ky.

Seven trustees chosen from the General Advisory Board give the school its legal status, according to the laws of the state of Kentucky.


Pine Mountain Settlement School

FOUNDED by Mr. William Creech, citizen of Harlan County, pioneer, farmer, thinker, who gave 136 acres of land “to be used for school purposes so long as the constitution of the United States stands.”

PURPOSE: To give industrial, moral, and intellectual education, Christian, but non-sectarian; to serve as a social center in an isolated, intensely rural neighborhood; to further by teaching and by the wise use of its own 234 acres of land, the agricultural and economic development of the country.

NEIGHBORHOOD: A mountain district at the headwaters of Greasy Creek, separated from the railroad by the wall of Pine Mountain, and made up of remote corners of four counties, far removed from their county seats.

GALLERY: Brochure 1915 Pine Mountain Settlement School in the Making (6 pages)

See Also:
PUBLICATIONS PMSS Brochure 1915 Appeal to Annual Subscribers
PUBLICATIONS EPHEMERA 1915 ? Uncle William’s Reasons

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