Heritage Activities

Appalachian Family Folk Week

Banjo Lessons

Plans are underway for the 37th annual Appalachian Family Folk Week at Hindman Settlement School. Mark your calendar for June 8-14, 2014.

Watch a video clip from our 2010 Family Folk Week.

About Folk Week
Hindman Settlement School's Appalachian Family Folk Week provides an opportunity for individuals and families to share in a week of traditional Appalachian music, dance, crafts, storytelling, instrument playing and special children's activities. The goal is to promote awareness of the region's rich cultural heritage and to pass along traditional skills to younger generations.

All activities take place on the historic campus of Hindman Settlement School. Evening concerts and dances are open to the general public at no cost.

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The Settlement School's Folk Arts Tradition

Hindman Settlement School is proud to move into its second century of promoting the traditional arts of Eastern Kentucky. The school's founders recognized the craftsmanship that existed in the area and set about to develop markets for crafts. That tradition has been carried on, most recently, through the Marie Stewart Craft Shop.

Dr. Josiah Combs, the Settlement's first graduate, was an early pioneer in the folklore field. He went on to receive a master's degree from Transylvania University and a doctorate from the Sorbonne in Paris. He taught at several major universities.

Another alumnus and staff member, Jethro Amburgey, became a well-known dulcimer maker, learning his trade from Uncle Ed Thomas, earliest known dulcimer maker in Eastern Kentucky. At his death, Jethro had made over 1,300 instruments. The bridge crossing Troublesome Creek at the Settlement School campus was named in memory of Jethro Amburgey.

By continuing the practice of promoting traditional arts of the area through the Appalachian Family Folk Week, folk artists in public schools, community activities and performances emphasizing the traditional arts of the region, the Settlement strives to preserve the rich and diverse heritage of the region.


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