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Sergeant York Patriotic Foundation

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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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known Claudia for many years and know that as director of the Sergeant York Patriotic Foundation, she will strive to promote the legacy of Sgt York and his contributions to education, to inform and educate the general public, adults and children.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Sergeant York Institute is an essential component of in-depth study of the American legacy of heroes born of war. Due in large part to his patriotism and sense of community, Sergeant York provides a real life example of overcoming adversity and championing for what he believe to be right. The Institute keeps his legacy alive and reminds us that we can be better citizens. My sincere fear is that, in a day of the "American idol", our youth is losing sight of what has made this country so strong, great and enduring. We only need look at our past to secure our future - The Sergeant York Institute provides us such an opportunity.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Sgt York Patriotic Foundation has been working so very hard to preserve the legacy of Sgt York. We have been able to obtain and stabilize the original York Institute building which Sgt York founded. This was his dream - to bring education to the folks in this rural community. We want to restore the original building and continue his dream. This building is near and dear to me in many ways. I graduated from York Institute and attended school in this building. I have lots of wonderful memories of this building and hope that others will be able to enjoy it in the near future. It has lots of character.

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Rita W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We visited Pall Mall last fall and were very impressed with the true Sgt. York story. It is wonderful that the foundation wants to carry on the legacy of this gentleman. Their interest in not only the preserving their history but in also promoting the future for the area are to be commended and supported by all who can.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Sgt. York Patriotic Foundation strives to preserve the rich history of Sgt. York and the ideals which he promoted. I have seen first-hand the diligence with which the SYPF has sought to preserve the physical remains of Sgt. York's dedication to seeing that the young people of the upper Cumberland be properly educated.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I visited Pall Mall , TN a few years ago because of my admiration for an American hero and a great man, Sgt. Alvin C. York. Since then, I have become a member of the Sergeant York Patriotic Foundation and enjoy its valuable help in remembering this man whom many have never known about. It is sad that our schools teach about many cultural heroes, while neglecting true American heroes. We need the SYPF to continue to carry on the legacy of a man about whom we should all know and admire.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The SYPF is an amazing organization that promotes the legacy of Sgt York not just for what he did in WWI, but also for his many contrubitions to the surrounding area, TN, and to the US. The story of his life portrayed in the 1941 film influences countless millions every year portraying the true strength of character and morals he embodied. I thank the SYPF for their continued hard work and help in promoting Sgt York's legacy.

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Dayle J.

Donor

Rating: 5

The aims of this organization uphold the goals and dreams of World War One's most decorated soldier, Sergeant Alvin C. York. He was a country boy who learned from his exposure to people and ideas from places he had never even heard of that the key to success was education and to that end he brought to the mountain people of Tennessee everything they needed to be able to get an education. He built schools, yes, but also the roads to access those schools, churches to guide the morals of the people of the community and yet he remained a honest, sincere man who thought of others before himself.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I so respect what the Sgt. York Patriotic Foundation is doing in our area. The legacy of Sgt. York will live on with the preservation of York Institute. What a wonderful organization for Fentress county!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a citizen of Fentress County all my life. I taught high school for 19 years and have a BS in Animal Science, a BS in Agriculture Education, a Masters in Educational Leadership and Supervision, an Educational Specialist Degree in Leadership and Supervision, and a Tn Principals License. I am currently the Vice President of the Fentress Co. Historical Society. I helped develop the Scott County Museum. I attended York Institute for 4 years. I am very interested in Sgt York History. I am very proud of his accomplishments during and after WWI. I think the restoration of the original building at York Institute will be an asset to the community and school and especially to the students as a historical building for educational, historical, and community service. It would be a shame to let a historical opportunity like this pass us by. Sarah Patton Copley

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