Pine Mountain Settlement School
Series 04: HISTORIES 
Pine Mountain Settlement School Histories



TAGS: Pine Mountain Settlement School histories, chronologies, autobiographies, biographies, oral histories, photographs, Creech Family history, 1913-present, rural settlement schools,  education 

The HISTORIES of Pine Mountain Settlement School include written or spoken material gathered by the School’s former teachers, nurses, doctors, students, administrators, and visitors.

The GUIDE TO PMSS HISTORIES provides links to the gathered histories as well as histories specific to the Creech Family. Formats include correspondence, documents, and photographs. (Some listings may not be linked as yet because the related pages are still under construction.)

The histories of Pine Mountain Settlement School are very mixed. Some histories seek to be comprehensive with regard to the early history of the institution, such as Progressives in the Kentucky Mountains: the formative years of the Pine Mountain Settlement School 1913-1930, a doctoral thesis by James Greene III.

Other histories are more nuanced and cover more limited time-frames or specific periods of the School when the authors were residents at the School as staff or students or associated with the School as trustees or guests.

Many of the histories are fully autobiographical and cover years at Pine Mountain, but also cover years that the individual was in residence at other locations. Often, histories associated with the satellite settlements of Little Laurel, Big Laurel, and Line Fork address very specific time periods and events during the early years of the institution.

Together, the large and small histories contribute to what we now know and imagine about Pine Mountain Settlement School over its long 100-plus-year history. And in their volume, they allow us a rich body of information with which to form our own interpretations of the history of Pine Mountain Settlement School from a variety of viewpoints.

It is hoped that scholars, former students, staff, and trustees will continue to contribute to the written, oral, and photographic history of this amazing institution. Not only have such chronicles given the School a close scrutiny that was rewarding for the writer, but they have become important additions to the Institution’s archive collection.

For links to historical narratives on this site, go to: GUIDE TO PMSS Histories