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Dr. Josiah H. Combs, 1886-1960 / Folk Music Scholar

 
 
Dr. Josiah H. Combs, 1886-1960 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 22, 2013
1. Dr. Josiah H. Combs, 1886-1960 Marker
Inscription.
(Obverse Side)
Dr. Josiah H. Combs, 1886-1960
Dr. Combs received Ph.D. degree from the Sorbonne in Paris, 1925. Married Charlotte Benard of France. He was a professor of foreign languages in many universities and a pioneer in research and the preservation of folklore, folk songs, and U.S. dialects. Combs had great affected for his fellow mountaineers. His father, John W. Combs, was state senator, 1904-06.

(Reverse Side)
Folk Music Scholar
Dr. Josiah H. Combs, born in Hazard, 1886, lived here from 1893-1920s. He distinguished himself as an educator and collector of American folk music. Began his study of folklore at Hindman Settlement School; one of two students in first graduating class, 1904. Combs collected mountain ballads and gave recitals from New York to Texas with his 3-string dulcimer.
 
Erected 1988 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 1512.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 37° 20.226′ N, 82° 58.875′ W. Marker is in Hindman, Kentucky, in Knott County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street East (
Folk Music Scholar Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 22, 2013
2. Folk Music Scholar Marker
Kentucky Route 160) and Fesser Clark Circle, on the right when traveling south on Main Street East. Click for map. Located at the northern end of Fesser Clark Circle. Marker is in this post office area: Hindman KY 41822, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pioneer Educator (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); County Named, 1884 (about 700 feet away); Carl Dewey Perkins (about 800 feet away); Hindman Settlement School (approx. 0.2 miles away); Morgan's Last Raid (approx. 0.9 miles away); Alice Lloyd College (approx. 3.2 miles away); Carr Creek Center (approx. 7.4 miles away); Cordia School (approx. 8.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Hindman.
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicEducation
 
Dr. Josiah H. Combs, 1886-1960 / Folk Music Scholar Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 22, 2013
3. Dr. Josiah H. Combs, 1886-1960 / Folk Music Scholar Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 257 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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