The 2019 Sunshine School Tour: 1st Stop, Hindman Settlement School!

     The 2019 Sunshine School Tour was a tour in which 200+ members of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) traveled via bus in order to visit five schools within the Southern states that are supported by the organization. The five DAR schools visited were Hindman Settlement School, Crossnore School, Tamassee DAR School, Berry College, and Kate Duncan Smith DAR School. This tour occurs once every three years and aims to help DAR members learn first-hand the true difference that DAR makes through their support of these various schools! The first stop on the tour occurred Sunday, October 13th, 2019 at our very own Hindman Settlement School here in Hindman, KY!

     The tour began with a chapel service, live music, and dedication ceremonies conducted outdoors on the premises. The tour then moved into a family-style farm to table luncheon hosted in the Mullins Center. The lunch featured many local products that were derived via local Appalachian vendors, including our own Forks of Troublesome Foods. After lunch, many points of interest were open to DAR members across the Hindman Settlement School campus in order to share information about our facilities and programs. Newly renovated and dedicated spaces in the Mullins Center and Gathering Place were open for viewing. Also, the gift shop was open for business, selling locally crafted goodies like spoons, scarves, jewelry boxes, and copies of the novel The Quare Women. Special thanks to the many DAR members that generously supported our newly released book and purchased dozens upon dozens of copies!

     Our Dyslexia Program Staff were also available, conducting tutoring sessions in the James Still Building for DAR members to view and interact in while on the property. A popular point of interest for DAR members was the newly constructed Dillon Junior Membership Dyslexia Technology Center. Our Foodways Program Staff were also available, offering tours of the Alae Risse Leitch Agricultural Complex to interested DAR members.

     Overall, the 1st stop of the 2019 Sunshine School Tour was a huge success. Dr. Brent Hutchinson, Director of Advancement Josh Mullins, Director of Foodways Jason Brashear, Dyslexia Program Director Ola Pigman, Traditional Arts Director Sam Gleaves, and other Hindman Settlement School Staff along with DAR Kentucky State Regent Carol Rogow were more than pleased to welcome these 200+ DAR members to our campus! Through this tour, DAR members were able to learn about Hindman Settlement School’s educational and agricultural efforts that are helping to create sustainability in Appalachia, efforts that simultaneously help to preserve the deep-seeded Appalachian heritage that lives within these communities! We are honored to call Daughters of the American Revolution our sponsors, and cannot wait until the next NSDAR Schools Tour to occur!

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