June 01, 2009
Lees-McRae receives grant from National Film Preservation Foundation

Lees-McRae College has been honored with a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation to restore the film In The Mountains Is A Place Called Home. The film, a 1959 production of the college, is the story of an orphan child, brought to Grandfather Home, who grows up, graduates from Lees-McRae, and whose experiences at the home, the college, and hospital are retold as she views her childhood and college years in retrospect.

According to its website, The National Film Preservation Foundation is the nonprofit organization created by the U.S. Congress to help save America's film heritage. It supports activities nationwide that preserve American films and improve film access for study, education, and exhibition. Founded in 1997 its mission is to preserve American films that would be unlikely to survive without public support.

Other award recipients this year include the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Country Music Hall of Fame, Rhode Island Historical Society, American Museum of Natural History, George Eastman House, and many more. A complete list may be found on the NFPF web site at

Once restored, the film will be available in DVD format at the James H. Carson Library for anyone interested in viewing it.

Photo: From The Pinnacles, Fourth Quarter-November, 1959. At left is Daisy Long, a Lees-McRae graduate who played the leading role in the film. The young girl is Kathy Cook of Grandfather Home who played the younger version of Daisy's character in the film.

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