History of Hindman Settlement School

Hindman, from the beginning...

1899

1899

Uncle Solomon Everidge entreats May Stone and Katherine Pettit to found a school for "his grands and greats."

1902

1902

Hindman Settlement School opens August 5, 1902 under the direction of May Stone and Katherine Pettit.

1910

1910

Hindman Settlement School becomes Knott County’s official high school. The Hindman Settlement School’s endowment fund is started.

1912

1912

Trachoma clinics at Hindman Settlement School lead to a successful national campaign to eradicate trachoma in the United States.

1921

1921

Hindman Settlement School becomes one of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution-approved schools.

1925

1925

Elizabeth Watts becomes May Stone’s assistant and remains in a leadership role until her retirement in 1956.

1930

1930

Hindman Settlement School donates land and the majority of the funds needed for Knott County to build and open a large, new high school.

1933

1933

James Still arrives to become the Hindman Settlement School librarian. Seven years later, his award-winning novel, River of the Earth, is published.

1956

1956

Raymond McLain takes over as director, expands folk arts programs, and begins a major rebuilding program for campus.

1977

1977

Hindman Settlement School hosts a Folk Arts Week and Writers’ Week, which later become the Appalachian Writers’ Workshop and Family Folk Week. Mike Mullins becomes director.

1979

1979

Hindman Settlement School hosts tutoring sessions for children with dyslexia, which launches its long-term Dyslexia Education Program.

1992

1992

The Knott County Adult Learning Center is established, uniting all adult literacy programs.

1997

1997

Kentucky approves Settlement-led Community Development Initiative, resulting in $20 million in community renewal projects for Hindman and Knott County.

2002

2002

Hindman Settlement School celebrates its centennial.

2012

2012

Brent Hutchinson is named director of Hindman Settlement School.

2013

2013

Hindman Settlement School partners with Berea College to begin the Grow Appalachia program in Knott County.

2015

2015

Dumplin’s & Dancin’: Heritage Food and Square Dance Weekend is held for the first time.

2016

2016

Hindman Settlement School launches Appalachian Scholars’ Program with at-risk, opportunity youth in Knott and Letcher Counties.