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


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 ;

Jane Bishop Hobgood, was an 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 at the same time that her widowed mother, Birdena Bishop, was a PMSS worker in the 1940s. Birdena had brought her two adolescent children, Mary Jane Bishop and James Monroe Bishop, with her to Pine Mountain where she was employed in various positions, including housemother, teacher, dietician, and community coordinator, for the next approximately ten years.

During her high school years, 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 wrote that her “lively” interest in folk arts started at the Pine Mountain Settlement School.

After both Jane and James graduated in 1944, they attended Berea (KY) College, also 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.

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 position with Berea College as Itinerant Director of Recreation and Regional Arts with the Council of Southern Mountains for the next two years.

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 16, Cathleen S. (“Cali”) 13, and Brent Mclean 10, They were living in 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. (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. 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.)

Since the mid-1970s, Jane was actively involved with Pine Mountain School 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 the PMSS Advisory Board.

In her later years, Jane contributed her story to the PMSS archives through an audio recording of her singing Pine Mountain songs and an oral history,

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.

See also:


H.M.S. PINAFORE PROGRAM, 1933 & 1940


Jane Bishop Hobgood

Alt. Title

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




Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY

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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.




Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY




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




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 ;


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Core documents, correspondence, writings, and administrative papers of Jane Bishop Hobgood ; clippings, photographs, books by or about Jane Bishop Hobgood ;




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

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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.


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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