Fort Snelling Singing

Sacred Harp Singing at Historic Fort Snelling

July 30, 2016, in the long room of the Officers’ Quarters
1:00 or so to 4:00 p.m.
Potluck snack at 2:15 or so to 3 p.m.
Free with Fort admission
Books will be available for loan or purchase

Historic Fort Snelling will host a Sacred Harp singing on Saturday, July 18 from 1:00-4:00 p.m.. Sacred Harp, or shape note, singing is a 200-year-old American tradition of singing hymns, anthems, fugueing tunes and spiritual songs from a book called The Sacred Harp. Singers sit on four sides of a square and take turns leading songs from the book. The singing is open to everyone of all ages, regardless of musical experience.

Schedule:

1-2 p.m. Sing
2-2:20: Singing workshop. Learn how to sing using the shaped notes, which make sight reading a lot easier.
2:20-3: Potluck snacks, everyone welcome.
3-4: Sing.

Books will be available for loan or purchase. Fort admission is $11 adults; $9 seniors and college students; $6 children 6-17; under 6, free. (Minnesota Historical Society members are admitted free.) There is no extra charge to attend the singing. Come and experience this unique American tradition, which is still alive and well today!

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