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Causes: Arts & Culture, Historical Organizations

Mission: Founded in 1993, the Sgt. York Patriotic Foundation (SYPF) is a nonprofit corporation funded by voluntary contributions and grants. It serves to continue historical research, preserve the Sgt. Alvin C. York home place, farm, Bible School and artifacts, develop and coordinate educational opportunities for youth and adults, increase sustainable heritage tourism to Sgt. York State Park and restore the 1920s-era York Institute building.

Programs: SYPF operates York General Store & Visitor Center for Sgt. York's home & surrounding area, including Alvin C. York State Historic Park. All attractions are free. The store/visitor center offers orientation video, brochures, maps, coordination of tours, headquarters for events, York & WWI souvenirs/books/gifts, food, supplies, etc.

Community Stories

42 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Sergeant York Patriotic Foundation is very important to Tennessee's future, as it is interwoven in Tennessee's historic and proud past. As a former Alvin C. York VAMC employee, I didn't know who Alvin C. York was. One day when roaming the halls of the Murfreesboro Campus, I was told by a veteran that I needed to watch the movie. When I did, it not only made me be proud to be an American, but proud to be from Tennessee. I have recently gone from the ranks of the unemployed to the employed, and plan on taking my grandchildren to Jamestown in the spring to tour the building and homeplace. There are so many places in the United States that have an important history and a legacy for Americans that are not being preserved. I think Sergeant York would be honored knowing that his legacy lives on. Not because of who he was, but because of what he was. A soldier who served his country with honor and courage.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I support the goal of keeping the Sergeant York Patriotic Foundation. Today the oldest survivor of World War I has died. It is important to keep the memory and legacy of those who fought that war alive.

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Advisor

Rating: 3

The Sergeant York Patriotic Foundation has made great accomplishments by stabilizing York Agricultural Institute, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Once restoration is complete, the building will be put to use once again and become a working monument.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I support the project to preserve the York Institute. As a genealogist, I think it is not only important to document the past but to maintain physical, solid connections to the past. Historical buildings are a way for us to connect with history. We must always know where we have come from to have a plan and understand where we are going.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sgt York Patiotic Foundation is a wonderful organization. They are working tirelessly to preserve a piece on American History, York Institute built by America’s greatest World War I hero, Sgt. Alvin C. York.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As an educator, I feel it is important for students to know where they have come from and about the people who have risked their lives for our great freedoms. The Sgt. York Patriotic Foundation's goal is to inform people about Stg. Alvin C. York's great accomplishments and to use the school he built to help educate our students with vocational skills essential to our economy.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The SYPF is made of of volunteers who truly believe in keeping the story of Sgt. York alive for future generations to learn about. By preserving the places that were so important to Sgt. York--the high school, the home place, the Bible School, etc, the foundation will be assured his story will not fade away.

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Donor

Rating: 4

Reading about Sgt. Alvin York as a youngster made me proud of our American heritage. I met Claudia Johnson Nichols some time before she became involved with the Sgt. York Foundation. She was researching a Civil War burial and was very thorough in her work. This quality of her character will carry over into her work for the foundation.

Sgt. York's later life exemplified his wish to make life better for others. This foundation will carry forward his wishes.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved in the effort to rehabilitate the historic York Institute building since the beginning. As one involved in cultural resources management and historic preservation, I view the preservation of this structure as a continuation of Sergeant York's legacy concerning rural education in Tennessee. The Sergeant York Patriotic Foundation (SYPF) has worked diligently, often against great odds, to save the historic York Institute building from demolition. The SYPF is dedicated to preserving the material and cultural legacy of Sergeant York. The building is only a component of this overall effort, but if rehabilitated according to preservation standards, it can stand as a permanent reminder of Sergeant York's core beliefs concerning the education of Tennessee's children, and an example of what can be accomplished by an organization dedicated to its ideals and guiding principles.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sgt. York has was America's most decorated war hero of World War 1. What he did during battle was an amazing feat that was nothing short of miraculous. However to me his most impressive contribution came when he returned to his home in the 3 Forks of the Wolf in Pall Mall, Tn. He saw that the children in these mountains needed to have a better education and it was his goal to see that this was accomplished. The spirit of Sgt. York and what he stood for still thrives in Tennessee and America....we must continue to keep his legacy alive!

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