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Today's Cowan Community Center

The center’s general operation is currently funded by a grant from the Steele-Reese Foundation, a charitable trust committed to supporting rural communities and the non-profit organizations that serve them in Idaho, Montana, and Appalachian KY. Since its inception, the Foundation has maintained a focus on the unique challenges of rural living and on helping people build healthy, successful, and sustainable communities. Eleanor Steele Reese, daughter of Charles Steele, a banker, lawyer, and business associate of J. P. Morgan, created the Foundation in 1955. The Foundation name honors Eleanor’s family as well as the family of her husband, Emmet Reese. Cowan has twice been the proud recipient of a grant from this Foundation.


  • Carol Ison, Center Director
  • Stacy Dollarhide, Bookkeeper and Coordinator of Cowan Creek Mountain Music School
  • Valerie Horn, Coordinator of Grow Appalachia

For more information about any matters concerning the center, please feel free to contact Carol at: (606) 633-9831 or (606) 634-3683 or through our contact form.