ARROWMONT: 75 YEARS OF CRAFT EDUCATION – 1969

In 2020, Arrowmont celebrates 75 years as a school of arts and crafts. ARROWMONT: 75 YEARS OF CRAFT EDUCATION presents archival images and articles to recognize this milestone. Add your memories to the collection  – click here to send us your pictures and stories!


1969

Major construction was completed in 1969 to build what would become Arrowmont’s iconic Emma Harper Turner Building.

 

In October, the Pi Beta Phi Grand Council placed the following items in a time capsule in the cornerstone of the building:

  • History of the Settlement School
  • Settlement School publicity, pamphlets, and Whig Rose book mark
  • 1969 Arrowcraft Catalog and pamphlet
  • 1969 Summer Craft Workshop brochure
  • The new Arrowmont brochure
  • Dean Lura Odland’s 10th annual letter to Pi Beta Phi Alumnae and friends
  • Copy of the booklet, “These Shining Things,” compiled by Evelyn Peters Kyle
  • Copy of the booklet, “They Stand Tall,” a biography of May L. Keller and Amy Burnham Onken, compiled by Marianne Reid Wild and Ruth Williams Hansen
  • Pages from the 1969 Information ARROW listing Grand Council members, Arrowmont Board of Governors and Arrowmont staff
  • Annual report of Chairman Elizabeth Kingman
  • Annual report of Executive Coordinator Lucile Woodworth

The Summer Craft Workshop was held June 18 – July 25, with 97 students (including 12 scholarship recipients) from 31 states, 3 from Canada and 1 from England.

Arrowmont is a hubbub of activity with the hustle and bustle of bull dozers, rock masons, and carpenters all busy at completing the plans for Arrowmont’s enlargement program.” – Henrietta McCutchan Huff

“It was a stimulating program despite our cramped quarters but the year 1970 will see Arrowmont in full production with studios and working quarters which will do justice to our able teachers, their inspired students, and our supporters.” – Lucile McCutchan Woodworth, Executive Coordinator, Arrowmont and Arrowcraft

Three-time return student and supporter, Helen Moffett Russell (Missouri Beta), wrote about her 1969 Arrowmont experience

“Each summer I have attended the Craft Workshop, I have been tremendously impressed with the quality of instruction provided and with the intense concentration which students of all ages bring to their work. It is this force of deep personal involvement, I believe, which has been a special quality of past success and which can also be that necessary quality for the future success of Arrowmont.” 


1969 Summer Craft Catalog – front

1969 Summer Craft Catalog – courses & staff

1969 Summer Craft Catalog – back

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