Pine Mountain Settlement School
Series 17: PMSS Publications (Published by the School)

The Pine Mountain Album is a small history of the School that celebrated the first 50 years of the institution. The narrative and illustrations are by Mary Rogers, wife of the Director of the School, Burton Rogers. Mary and Burton were an integral part of the institution from 1941 to 1993

This history is a concise accounting of the various eras of the School and allows the reader to quickly grasp the evolution of the School and the key concepts that guided the changes in the institution’s programs and mission until 1963. The shift to environmental programs is particularly well covered, as Mary Rogers was instrumental in the development of the programs for the School.


narrative ; tableaux ; fiftieth anniversary ; Uncle William Creech ; Katherine Pettit ; Ethel de Long Zande ; Glyn Morris ; important things in a student’s life ; “clean-up” campaigns then and now ; PMSS foundations ; citizenship ; bottom land ; hogs ; flax ; orchards ; indigo ; human resources ;


Pine Mountain Album.


Narrative of the program given with tableaux on October 5, 1963, commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the Pine Mountain Settlement School.


Most of us are so busy trying to do what must be done today, and planning ahead to what needs to be done tomorrow that we have little time to look back to the things which happened yesterday. But we are celebrating an anniversary, the 50th anniversary of Pine Mountain Settlement School, and so we will turn to the past — get out the old album and look at the pictures.

It’s a funny thing, looking at old pictures. They don’t show the things that matter most: Uncle William‘s craving that his people might grow better; Miss Pettit‘s dedication to bringing help to the mountains; Mrs. Zande‘s high standards and loving understanding of people; Mr. Morris‘ dynamic energy; the different gifts brought by hundred of workers over the years.

Nor do they show the important things in a student’s life: the moments of courage; the hours of service; the growth in understanding; the vivid enjoyment of life; the deepening love for a place and its people; and sometimes the realization that the source of all things is the Love of God.

All the same, let’s look at the pictures, some faded and old-fashioned, but taken because someone wanted to “keep” something from the past, and let us try and read into them the things for which they stand.


[sketch by Mary Rogers]

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[image: sketch by Mary Rogers] Our first picture could be anytime in the School’s first 10 years.

Who is this anyway, standing with her back to us? It could be Miss Pettit. You seldom find a picture of her either sitting or facing you, but now and then you come across the back view of a stalwart figure seeing that something which needs doing is being done.

What is she point at? There are many things it could be. In 1913 Miss de Long wrote, “I wish you could see Miss Pettit making the children clean up the yard. A piece of string 3 inches long does not escape her, and an eggshell she can see at a distance of 50 years.” We may think, “What does it matter?”, but now in 1963 when counties in East Kentucky are vigorously supporting “clean-up” campaigns we realize her wisdom of fifty years ago in setting a standard for cleanliness, order, and beauty as one of the foundations on which the School was to stand.

Perhaps it is not a distant “egg shell” she is pointing at. Perhaps she has seen someone toting a gun on the school grounds. She always crusaded against careless shooting and drunkenness, tried to…

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…find other ways for people to enjoy themselves, and encourage everything which led to better citizenship. She was appalled to find men selling their votes for dollars or whiskey.

Or perhaps she is directing the draining of the bottom land, or showing where a fence should be set to keep wandering hogs from the school garden. She learned from Uncle William how to raise flax, from Mr. Deschamps how to care for a forest, she set out orchards with help from experts, she experimented with raising indigo for the dye pot, . . . the list is endless, for there was nothing which affected the life of people in this area which she did not make her concern, especially the human resources — the children in whom she saw and from whom she demanded the best that was in them.



[Cover] Pine Mountain Album 1913-1964. Narrative and illustrations by Mary Rogers, 1963. cover_mod

Title Pine Mountain Album, 1913 – 1963
Alt. Title Pine Mountain Settlement School Album, 1913 -1963
Creator Pine Mountain Settlement School
Alt. creator Author and illustrator: Mary Rogers
Subject Keyword Pine Mountain Album, 1913-1963 ; drawings ; Mary Rogers ; illustrators ; publications ; creative writing ; Ethel de Long ; Pine Mountain Settlement School ; schools ; education ; settlement schools ; Uncle William Creech ; boarding schools ; public schools ; log cabins ;
Subject LCSH Pine Mountain Settlement School — Harlan County — Kentucky.
Description See above
Publisher Pine Mountain Settlement School Press
Contributor n/a
Date original 1963
Date digital 2010-11-27
Type Text ; photograph ;
Format Small multipage booklet in a variety of sizes.
Source Pine Mountain Settlement School Institutional Papers
Language English
Relation Pine Mountain Settlement School ;
Coverage temporal 1913 – 1963
Coverage spatial Pine Mountain Settlement School ; Pine Mountain ; Harlan County; Kentucky ;
Rights Any display, publication, or public use must credit 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
Acquisition  Archival
Citation Roger, Mary. Pine Mountain Settlement School Album 1913-1963. Pine Mountain Settlement School Archive, Pine Mountain, KY.
Processed by 2010-11-27 hw ; 2013-09-21 hw
Last updated 2010-11-27 hw ; 2013-09-21 hw ; 2014-10-26 aae


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