JANE BISHOP HOBGOOD

Pine Mountain Settlement School
Series 19: Students
Series 09: Staff/Personnel
Series 06: Administration – General

JANE BISHOP HOBGOOD

Jane Bishop Hobgood:
PMSS Boarding School Student 1940-1944

Member, Advisory Council to the Board of Trustees and
Pine Mountain Association of Alumni & Friends 1976-2002


TAGS: Jane Bishop Hobgood ; Pine Mountain Settlement School Association of Alumni & Friends ; Mary Jane Bishop Hobgood ; PMSS students and workers ; English Country Dancing ; PMSS Advisory Board ;


Born in December 1929, Mary Jane Bishop Hobgood spent her early adolescence at Pine Mountain where her widowed mother Birdena Bishop had taken a job in 1940 that over the years included teacher, dietician, community coordinator, and housemother. Birdena had come from Berea College where she had worked as an assistant cashier following her graduation from the college.  Birdena, Jane and Jane’s younger brother, James, moved into Far House where the children mingled with the students housed in the small dormitory and had the advantages of the boarding school students.

Following her graduation from Pine Mountain Settlement School, Jane became a perpetual and active alumna of the Pine Mountain Settlement School (PMSS) for almost three decades. Her dedication to the School began when she and her younger brother were boarding school students and continued as she grew her career, married, had three children and became an active force in guiding the School as an Advisory Board member.

During her high school years at Pine Mountain, Jane Bishop was involved in theater productions and English Country Dancing, interests that were to continue throughout her life. She, along with her brother, played parts in the School’s productions of H.M.S. Pinafore in 1940 and The Moonstone in 1944. In a resume she prepared for the PMSS Board of Trustees years later, she described her “lively” interest in folk arts which became a life-long passion, started at the Pine Mountain Settlement School.

After both Jane and James graduated in 1944, they attended Berea (KY) College, their mother’s alma mater. There, Jane earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Recreational Sociology, concentrating in Folk Arts, Dance, Music, Drama.

Jane then worked for two years, 1948-1950, as Director of Folk Arts and Recreation at the Hindman (Kentucky) Settlement School. It was a job that only deepened her appreciation and knowledge of Appalachian culture.

Furthering her education at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Jane received her Master’s Degree in Curriculum on Folklore with a focus on Folk Sociology and Cultural Anthology in 1952. This was followed by a two-year position with Berea College as Itinerant Director of Recreation and Regional Arts with the Council of Southern Mountains.

When Jane Bishop married Burnet Mclean Hobgood in 1957, she continued to teach dance and music and to direct a children’s theater workshop in Ithaca, New York, on a part-time basis. After a move to Dallas, Texas, where Burnet became chairman of the theater program at Southern Methodist University School of Music, Jane continued her work in the field of education.

By 1975 the Hobgood family included three children — Laurence Bishop Hobgood 16, Cathleen S. Hobgood (“Cali”) 13, and Brent Mclean Hobgood 10, The family had moved to Urbana, Illinois, where Jane’s husband “Hob,” by then a well-known theater director, writer, and scholar, became head of the Department of Theater at the University of Illinois., Urbana.  (Cathleen later married and, as Cali Hobgood-Lemme, is a recognized artist/photographer and proprietor of an art photography business. Laurence is an accomplished jazz musician, pianist and musical director for Kurt Elling. He has earned numerous awards including a 2009 Grammy Award for his album Dedicated to You with Kurt Elling and has been nominated for three other Grammys two in 2001 and one in 2009. His 2013 album release “Christmas” was chosen by The New York Times and The Chicago Tribune as one of the top holiday CDs of the year.  He has performed at leading venues throughout the world including the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, the Chicago Symphony Center and Ravinia, Sydney Opera House, London’s Barbican and Queen Elizabeth Halls, as well as the world’s most prestigious jazz festivals including Montreaux, North Sea, Monterey, Spoleto USA, Newport, Umbria, Montreal, and JVC festivals in Paris and Japan , Brent received a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Public Affairs from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, in 1990 and has worked as a city administrator.

From the mid-1970s, Jane was actively involved with Pine Mountain School and its administration through her leadership in the PMSS Association of Alumni and Friends. She served as president, then vice-president, of the Alumni Association, and chaired various committees, as well as serving on the PMSS Advisory Board.

Jane’s contributions to the School are numerous and her dedication to the institution, fierce. In her later years, Jane contributed her story to the PMSS archives through her audio recording of her singing Pine Mountain songs and through an oral history that chronicles the boarding school years.

Mary Jane Bishop was born January 16, 1929, in Oak Park (Cook County), Illinois, joining her brother, James Monroe Bishop, who was two years older. Their mother, Birdena (Belle Russell) Bishop, was born approximately 1899 in Gillespie, Illinois. James Monroe Bishop, their father, (1897-1933) was born in Newfound, Kentucky.

Burnet Mclean Hobgood, husband of Jane Bishop Hobgood was the son of missionaries in Africa where he was born, When he was eight the family moved to Kentucky. He studied at Transylvania College in Lexington, KY and then joined the Army in WWII. He married Jane Bishop in 1957 while he was an instructor at Catawba College in North Carolina. Jane and close friends affectionately called him “Hob”.

He died of a stroke at age 78 on December 11, 2015, in Urbana, IL.  He had for many years led the theater department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He left an impressive legacy as the instructor of such theater and film luminaries as actress Kathy Bates, known for her roles in the movies “Primary Colors,” “Titanic” and “Misery,” and Ang Lee, director of “Sense and Sensibility” and “The Ice Storm.” 

Jane currently struggles with the devastating disease of Alzheimer’s.  Last communications indicated she was still living in Urbana.


See also:

JANE BISHOP HOBGOOD’S Response to Harry Robie

1970s ALUMNI RELATIONS
1981 ALUMNI RELATIONS
1986 ALUMNI RELATIONS

BIRDENA BISHOP Biography
GUIDE TO PMSS WORKERS 1913-1930
H.M.S. PINAFORE PROGRAM, 1933 & 1940
THE MOONSTONE – PLAY


Title

Jane Bishop Hobgood

Alt. Title

Jane Bishop ; Jane Hobgood ; Mrs. Burnet Hobgood ; Mary Jane Bishop Hobgood ;

Identifier

JANE BISHOP HOBGOOD

Creator

Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY

Alt. Creator

Ann Angel Eberhardt ; Helen Hayes Wykle ;

Subject Keyword

Jane Bishop Hobgood ; Jane Bishop ; Jane Hobgood ; Mrs. Burnet Hobgood ; Pine Mountain Settlement School ; Pine Mountain Settlement School Association of Alumni & Friends ; Mary Jane Bishop Hobgood ; boarding school students ; PMSS workers ; Birdena (Belle Russell) Bishop ; James Monroe Bishop ; English Country Dancing ; Berea (KY) College ; Burnet Mclean Hobgood ; Laurence Bishop Hobgood ; Cathleen S. (“Cali”) Hobgood ; Brent Mclean Hobgood ; PMSS Advisory Board ; H.M.S. Pinafore ; The Moonstone ;

Subject LCSH

Hobgood, Jane Bishop, — January 16, 1929 – [?]
Pine Mountain Settlement School (Pine Mountain, Ky.) — History.
Harlan County (Ky.) — History.
Education — Kentucky — Harlan County.
Rural schools — Kentucky — History.
Schools — Appalachian Region, Southern.
Folk dancing, English.

Date

2016-05-25

Publisher

Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY

Contributor

n/a

Type

Collections ; text ; image ;

Format

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

Source

Series 19: Students, Series 09: Staff/Personnel, Series 06: Administration – General

Language

English

Relation

Is related to: Pine Mountain Settlement School Collections, Series 19: Students, Series 09: Staff/Personnel, Series 06: Administration – General

Coverage Temporal

1897 – present

Coverage Spatial

Pine Mountain, KY ; Harlan County, KY ; Berea, KY ; Chapel Hill, NC ; Ithaca, NY ; Dallas, TX ; Urbana, IL ; Carbondale, IL ; Oak Park, IL ; Gillespie, IL ; Newfound, KY ;

Rights

Any display, publication, or public use must credit the Pine Mountain Settlement School. 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 of Jane Bishop Hobgood ; clippings, photographs, books by or about Jane Bishop Hobgood ;

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

2016-05-25 aae ;

Bibliography

Sources

Alumni Relations. 1979, 1981, 1986″ Series 06: Administration – General. Pine Mountain Settlement School Institutional Papers. Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY. Internet resource.

Hobgood, Jane Bishop. Series 06: Administration – General. Pine Mountain Settlement School Institutional Papers. Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY. Archival material.

“Illinois, Cook County, Birth Certificates, 1871-1940,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/ 61903/1:1:QVSH-G43X : accessed 25 May 2016), James Munroe (sic) Bishop in entry for Mary Jane Bishop, 16 Jan 1929; citing Oak Park, Cook, Illinois, United States, reference/certificate 85, Cook County Courthouse, Chicago; FHL microfilm. Internet resource.

“Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1961”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/ 61903/1:1:NS97-HBL : accessed 25 May 2016), Birdena Bishop in entry for James Monroe Bishop, 1933. Internet resource.

Bibliography

Deaton, John H., Vivian Sexton Flannery-Dees, and Jane Bishop Hobgood. “Those Settlement Schools: Harmful or Benign? Three Responses to Harry Robie.” Appalachian Heritage 19.3 (1991): 45-52. Print.

Jane Bishop Hobgood, “Hobgood, Jane Bishop,” James Still Correspondence Database, accessed May 25, 2016, http://stillbib.omeka.net/items/show/68531. Accessed 2016-05-25. Internet resource.

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