DAR Spotlight: Becky Elam

Hindman Settlement School is fortunate to have the generous, faithful support of DAR members from across the country–and around the globe. This longstanding partnership officially began in 1921 when Hindman became a DAR-approved school, but both of Hindman’s founders were both DAR members, originally residing in the Commonwealth’s largest cities, Lexington and Louisville.

Rebecca Elam FSDAR Vice Chair, DAR Schools

DAR members are passionate about the Society’s mission to serve God, home, and country through projects encompassing education, patriotism and historic preservation. A dear friend of Hindman who, over the past several years, has demonstrated immense enthusiasm for the Settlement’s mission and our students is Becky Elam, a central Kentucky native currently residing in Ft. Myers, Florida.

Before joining the Daughters of the American Revolution, Becky found her love for Hindman through the town’s affiliation as the birthplace of the Mountain Dulcimer. While waiting for her dulcimer to be crafted, she began to research the community of Hindman and Knott County, Kentucky. Shortly thereafter, she made the decision to join the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. 

In 2014, Becky joined the Estero Island Chapter in Fort Myers Beach, Florida. During her genealogy research, she discovered her family’s deep roots throughout eastern Kentucky, specifically in Estill County. That is when she found her true love and passion for Hindman. During the Lemongello administration, Becky was appointed as FSDAR’s Vice Chair of DAR Schools for Hindman. During a campus visit with her husband Dwight following her appointment, Becky noted that she “absolutely fell in love” and was “Hindman Sold” from that point forward. Becky said she “was delighted to see the variety of programs offers to children and families” and was deeply moved by Hindman’s holistic approach to meeting the educational, emotional, and social development needs of its students.

Grow Appalachia families selecting donated seeds

Becky has travelled the state of Florida delivering programs to chapters on the Settlement, promoting the Chicken in Hindman project, and, her proudest achievement, the “Seed Shower for Hindman” she organized for our foodways program. Becky rallied members across Florida and all 50 states to collect more than 15,000 seed packets for the Settlement to utilize in our Grow Appalachia program, which teaches low-income families to grow their own backyard garden. 

The Seed Shower for Hindman continues again this year. Donations of seed packets can be sent to Hindman Settlement School, PO Box 844, Hindman, KY 41822. For more information on the project, contact Becky at stitchrje@aol.com.

Along with being an FSDAR Vice Chair, Becky is currently serving a three-year term on the Settlement’s Advisory Board.  

Thank you Becky for your dedication to Hindman!