Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: 20 October 1878

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Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: 20 October 1878

Postby dbennett » Fri Oct 20, 2017 5:39 am

Ethel de Long (1879-1928) was born in New Jersey. In 1901 she went to the Hindman Settlement School to teach. Later she helped establish and taught at the Pine Mountain Settlement School in the mountains of Appalachia in Southeastern Kentucky from 1913-1928. The school was the dream of a local man, William Creech Sr., who donated land for the school and recruited two women, Katherine Pettit of Lexington, Kentucky, and Ethel DeLong Zande, a New Jersey native, to establish and run the new institution in 1913. At the Settlement School the students gained a basic education as well as hands-on learning experiences in the areas of recreation, health, nutrition, and the preservation of traditional occupations, such as spinning, weaving, dancing, and music. Ethel became accomplished at many of these creative skills, particularly the dulcimer. Photo of Ethel de Long with a mountain dulcimer taken about 1915. She married Luigi Zande in 1918.
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