Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: 11 July 1912

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Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: 11 July 1912

Postby dbennett » Tue Jul 11, 2017 5:30 am

Ethel De Long (1879-1928) wrote an article, “Doings on Troublesome,” which was published in Smith Alumnae Quarterly on this date. She wrote, “...The spinning wheel and loom on the porch tell of household arts that are survivals rather than revivals. Women still “know to tromp the treadles,” and follow the draft of many a coverlid originally designed in England. From the hills where the men are pullin’ fodder or jinnm’ cane come the unforgettably mournful strains of an old English ballad or a funeral meetin’ hymn from Thomas’s hymnal. Perhaps, when the beautiful peace of evening in the hills has descended and the family are gathered round the fire, someone may pick the dulcimer and sing “Sourwood Mountain,” or the children may dance an elsewhere forgotten country dance...”

Ethel De Long went to Hindman Settlement School to teach in 1901. Later she helped establish and taught at the Pine Mountain Settlement School in the mountains of Appalachia in Southeastern Kentucky from 1913-1928 as Co-Founder & Co-Director. She married Luigi Zande in 1918.
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