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Organization name: Hindman Settlement School

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GA-276101-20Public Programs: Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)Hindman Settlement School, Inc.Emergency Relief for Foodways Series and Appalachian Literary Imprint6/15/2020 - 4/30/2021$45,488.00Jason Brashear   Hindman Settlement School, Inc.HindmanKY41822-0844USA2020Folklore and FolklifeCooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)Public Programs454880454880

The salaries of a number of staff and advisers to create a series of programs and publications on Appalachian regional culture.

To support the continued development and execution of two humanities initiatives, which are at-risk of major delay and/or cancellation as a result of the Coronavrius pandemic, at the historic Hindman Settlement School. The humanities initiatives needing emergency relief include: Agrilachia, an ongoing lecture, conversation, and workshop series that documents, studies, and explores the diverse food cultures of the evolving central Appalachian region, and Fireside Industries, a literary imprint that documents the stories, traditions, and other aspects of the social experience in central Appalachia through the publication of new works from diverse voices alongside vital texts from the region’s past.

PG-258248-18Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsHindman Settlement School, Inc.Hindman Settlement School Archives Preservation Project1/1/2018 - 6/30/2019$6,000.00Brett Ratliff   Hindman Settlement School, Inc.HindmanKY41822-0844USA2017Folklore and FolklifePreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access6000060000

A preservation assessment and purchase of environmental monitoring equipment for a collection of 31,000 photographs, oral histories, manuscripts, and other sources documenting the history and culture of the Appalachian region from the early 1900s to the present.  The project would also encompass a workshop for Hindman School staff on the care and handling of archival collections.  Highlights include published and unpublished writings from authors participating in the annual Appalachian Writers Workshop, hosted by the school for the past 40 years. Notable among these writers are Harriette Arnow (1908–1986), author of the 1954 novel, The Dollmaker, and a founding member of a writing collective at Hindman; Silas House (1971- ), novelist, playwright, and NEH-Endowed Chair for Appalachian Studies at Berea College; and James Still (1906-2001), former poet laureate of Kentucky.

Hindman Settlement School will engage a professional conservator to provide a general preservation needs assessment for the institution’s historical archives and special collections. The collection, consisting of an estimated 31,000 photographs, recordings, manuscripts, oral histories, and other objects, represents more than 115 years of the history and culture of the central Appalachian region, specifically eastern Kentucky. Items in the collection cover a variety of topics including the progressive education movement in rural America during the early 20th century, folk music and dance traditions, Appalachian literature and poetry, historical documentation of the region and the institution, and other related fields. In addition to an assessment, the grant will also support the purchase of data loggers to enable us to consistently and reliably monitor our collections storage environment, as well as provide for staff professional development.

PM-10053-75Preservation and Access: Reference MaterialsHindman Settlement School, Inc.Research Catalogue for the Appalachian Oral History Project9/1/1975 - 5/31/1976$25,302.00MichaelL.Mullins   Hindman Settlement School, Inc.HindmanKY41822-0844USA1975Library ScienceReference MaterialsPreservation and Access253020253020

To request assistance to help develop an annotated catalogue of the transcribed oral history tapes in the collection and thereby enhancing the availability of this material to scholars throughout the country.

ZR-256707-18Challenge Programs: Creating Humanities Communities GrantsHindman Settlement School, Inc.Appalachian Heritage Food & Dance Trail2/1/2017 - 1/31/2022$30,000.00SarahKateMorgan   Hindman Settlement School, Inc.HindmanKY41822-0844USA2017Rural StudiesCreating Humanities Communities GrantsChallenge Programs030000030000

The development of a regional folklife festival and trail that accurately depicts the cultural and historical nuances of central Appalachia.  

The Heritage Food & Dance Trail will map the venues, restaurants, farms, and other cultural heritage sites that authentically represent the stories, people, places, and experiences from central Appalachia's past and present. In collaboration with partner institutions, Hindman Settlement School will host a series of asset mapping sessions at locations throughout the region to engage artisans, citizens, historians, community leaders, businesses, and others with an interest in the project; gather information and historical context; and identify individuals for further discussion during formal oral history interviews. These oral histories and asset maps will serve as the basis for the development of a trail and series of events designed to engage the public in thinking critically about their Appalachian roots and encourage further engagement in regional traditions focused on foodways and dance.