Pine Mountain Settlement School
Series 17: PUBLICATIONS PMSS
TAGS: PMSS calendar 1947, artwork by Abbie Winch Christensen, mountain laurel, poetry Ruth E. Campbell, Mountain Laurel, Rhododendron, cabins, annual calendar
PUBLICATIONS PMSS CALENDARS 1947
ABBIE WINCH CHRISTENSEN Staff . A staff member, Housemother, Secretary and Teacher at Pine Mountain Settlement School for many years, was an accomplished painter. She was also responsible for many of the early plantings in the gardens of the School. This samll work used as teh Cover on the 1947 Calendar captures her sensitivity to the natural environment at the School.
To see more of Christensen’s art see Abbie Winch Christensen Art
Ruth Elizabeth Campbell, a young Wellesley graduate, worked at Pine Mountain as a Secretary and also as a Teacher. As the poem suggests, she was deeply interested in the history and people of the region. She also became a fast friend of many of the staff during her time of employment, including Abbie Winch Christensen. Links to her correspondence with the School is included below.
From “Mountain Tributary”
By Ruth E. Campbell
What kind of men are these from the hills
Who are part of the river of men?
We can look into their eyes and go back,
Up the Potomac and Mississippi
The Ohio and Tennessee and Cumberland,
To the heads of the hollows,
To the creeks which run between boulders
(Quiet in the fall as the leaves that drift
Down the rivers to the seas which circle us all).
. . . some of the strong were left,
And the weak, as the tide moved on:
Those who found water and land beside it,
And those who needed the shelter of hills —
Shelter from winds and the wide loneliness of plains.
(We are all as lonely as a mountain hollow.
The sounds that come to us float and die
Apart from all other sounds,
Each hollow apart,
And the silence remains for unbroken days,
We listen and follow
An echo of sound that will lead to the open space
Of another heart.
But the hills are forever closing us round,)
They know the sky
Beyond the hills their frame of reference
For it has been their peace
As they pushed their wold of the plow
The broken plow and the broken land,
To the edge of the ridge.
And they carry to the sky
Their intimate knowledge of the earth,
Of the dark veins under the soil,
For they have lived in the day after day,
Transmuting the coal to bread.
And yet the way they sing
Is sometimes like the way
Higher on the hill
Spring breaks from day to day
Or light climbs up the gray,
Pointing it with color till
One can with sureness say
The color makes a spring.
The painting by Abbie Winch Christensen was used again in the 1955 PMSS Calendar, but the poem by Ruth E. Campbell was replaced by a familiar mountain song, “The Riddle Song.”
GALLERY: PMSS Calendar 1947
See Also: PUBLICATIONS PMSS CALENDARS
PUBLICATIONS PMSS CALENDARS Guide
1937 PMSS CALENDAR
1939 PMSS CALENDAR
1952 PMSS CALENDAR – “A Year of Song”
ABBIE WINCH CHRISTENSEN Staff
ABBIE WINCH CHRISTENSEN Art
ABBIE WINCH CHRISTENSEN Correspondence 1928
ABBIE WINCH CHRISTENSEN Correspondence 1933
ABBIE WINCH CHRISTENSEN Correspondence 1934
ABBIE WINCH CHRISTENSEN Correspondence 1935
RUTH ELIZABETH CAMPBELL Staff
RUTH ELIZABETH CAMPBELL Correspondence I
RUTH ELIZABETH CAMPBELL Correspondence II
RUTH ELIZABETH CAMPBELL Correspondence III