History of Hindman Settlement School
Hindman, from the beginning...
Uncle Solomon Everidge entreats May Stone and Katherine Pettit to found a school for "his grands and greats."
Hindman Settlement School opens August 5, 1902 under the direction of May Stone and Katherine Pettit.
Hindman Settlement School becomes Knott County’s official high school. The Hindman Settlement School’s endowment fund is started.
Trachoma clinics at Hindman Settlement School lead to a successful national campaign to eradicate trachoma in the United States.
Hindman Settlement School becomes one of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution-approved schools.
Elizabeth Watts becomes May Stone’s assistant and remains in a leadership role until her retirement in 1956.
Hindman Settlement School donates land and the majority of the funds needed for Knott County to build and open a large, new high school.
James Still arrives to become the Hindman Settlement School librarian. Seven years later, his award-winning novel, River of the Earth, is published.
Raymond McLain takes over as director, expands folk arts programs, and begins a major rebuilding program for campus.
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.
Hindman Settlement School hosts tutoring sessions for children with dyslexia, which launches its long-term Dyslexia Education Program.
The Knott County Adult Learning Center is established, uniting all adult literacy programs.
Kentucky approves Settlement-led Community Development Initiative, resulting in $20 million in community renewal projects for Hindman and Knott County.
Hindman Settlement School celebrates its centennial.
Brent Hutchinson is named director of Hindman Settlement School.
Hindman Settlement School partners with Berea College to begin the Grow Appalachia program in Knott County.
Dumplin’s & Dancin’: Heritage Food and Square Dance Weekend is held for the first time.
Hindman Settlement School launches Appalachian Scholars’ Program with at-risk, opportunity youth in Knott and Letcher Counties.