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Henderson Settlement Records,ca. 1925-1984 (bulk 1950-1976)

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Henderson Settlement Records


ca. 1925-1984 (bulk 1950-1976)


Berea College Special CollectionsBerea, Kentucky 40404

Conditions Governing Access note

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Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Henderson Settlement Records, KYSX350-A, ca. 1925-1984 (bulk 1950-1976)Special Collections, Berea College, Berea, Ky.


6 microfilm reels; 768 items


Henderson Settlement was begun in 1925 by Hiram Frakes on land donated by several area families. A boarding school was founded, and the settlement served as a community center. After World War II, when the boarding school was no longer needed because of better state education programs and better roads, the extra rooms were used to care for needy children. The Settlement also offered day care, and an opportunity store for used clothing.

In the 1960s, the Settlement focused its efforts on community development through fund raising for the Laurel Fork Community Clinic, the inception of Laurel Fork Crafts, and the founding of a volunteer fire department. Later, Henderson Settlement concentrated on room and board, counseling, and recreation for school age children.

Scope and Content

These records document Henderson Settlement, at Frakes in Bell County, Kentucky.

Other title: Guide to the Henderson Settlement Collection. Berea, Kentucky: Berea College, 1986.


  • Bell County, Kentucky -- Social settlements
  • Appalachia -- Social settlements
  • Bell County, Kentucky -- Arts and crafts
  • Frakes, Kentucky -- Laurel Fork Crafts
  • Bell County, Kentucky -- Art, folk
  • Schools, settlement -- Henderson Settlement School
  • Frakes, Kentucky -- Henderson Settlement
  • Bell County, Kentucky -- Schools, settlement
  • Appalachia -- Schools, settlement
  • Social settlements -- Henderson Settlement
  • Bell County, Kentucky -- Child welfare
  • Bell County, Kentucky -- Day care
  • Bell County, Kentucky -- Fire departments, volunteer
  • Fund raising -- Laurel Fork Community Clinic
  • Frakes, Kentucky -- Laurel Fork Community Clinic

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