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History of the Hartford Music Company

December 10, 2015
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

In conjunction with the Fort Smith Museum of History's latest temporary exhibit, Roots Rhythm and Rock-Music That Moved Fort Smith: 1880-1945, learn about the history of the Hartford Music Company and enjoy a Shape Note singing and dulcimer demonstration. On Thursday, December 10 at 6:00 pm, T. J. McClung Gibson will present a history of the Hartford Music Company, former State Senator Gene Jeffries of Crossett, Arkansas will give a history of the Shape Note method of singing, the Shankle Sisters of Hartford, Arkansas will perform a Shape Note singing demonstration and Linda Bennett of Fort Smith will demonstrate the dulcimer. T. J. McClung Gibson is the daughter of J. A. and Minnie McClung. In 1918, businessmen E. M. Bartlett and J. A. McClung established the Hartford Music Company in the small town of Hartford, Arkansas near Fort Smith. The company published song books using the Shape Note method which made reading music easier for the average person. The song books published by the Hartford Music Company were shipped nationwide for use at singing schools and music conventions. Ms. Gibson will give a history of the Hartford Music Company. Many Hartford residents and descendants were students of the Hartford Music Institute which operated under the Hartford Music Company teaching the Shape Note method of singing twice per year from 1921 until the 1950's. Ms. Gibson's mother, Minnie McClung, was an instructor at the school which grew to serve over three to four hundred students per session. J. A. McClung was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1992. Former Arkansas State Senator Gene Jeffries of Crossett, Arkansas will present a history of the Shape Note method of singing. Senator Jefferies owns a music company in Crossett and has studied Shape Note singing for over forty years. The Shankle Sisters of Hartford will perform Shape Note singing and invite audience participation. Sherry Shankle Barnes, Mary Roberts Shankle and Jean Shankle are long-time friends of the McClung family. Linda Bennett of Fort Smith will demonstrate the dulcimer. Ms. Bennett was awarded second place at the 2015 Southern Regional Mountain Dulcimer Championship at the Ozark Folk Center at Mountain View, Arkansas. This project is supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Admission: Free with museum admission: $7 for adults, $2 for children 6 and older.

Event Location and Contact Information:
Fort Smith Museum of History
320 Rogers Avenue
Fort Smith, Arkansas

479-783-7841
http://fortsmithmuseum.org


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