The settlement school movement of the early twentieth century was a reform movement that sought to directly improve underserved communities by providing education and social services. The Hindman Settlement School, founded in 1902 in Hindman, Kentucky, was the first of these institutions to be located in a rural area and to serve the needs of Appalachians. Though the Settlement no longer operates as a full-time school, it retains its original mission of meeting people’s cultural, artistic, and academic needs. NEH funding, including a 2020 NEH CARES grant, has allowed the Settlement to develop programming that provides education and cultural enrichment while maintaining Appalachian heritage.
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