15. Museum and Foundations


The Sacred Harp Headquarters and Museum. The museum is located in a building on a country road (Oak Grove Road) about 2 miles south of Carrollton, Georgia. The building, owned by the Sacred Harp Publishing Company contains offices, a meeting room for Sacred Harp Publishing Company board meetings, and rooms housing a fine and growing museum collection. This includes shape-note tunebooks ranging in age from antique to new, audio and video recordings of hundreds of singings, and memorabilia about Sacred Harp singings and singers, including minutes books for many years and scrapbooks of photographs and newspaper articles. It is open by appointment only. Direct inquiries as described on the web page.

Foundations and Related Organizations:

The Sacred Harp Musical Heritage Association (SHMHA) is a 501(c)(3) non- profit organization formed for educational, cultural, and historical purposes, and specifically for the preservation and study of the tradition of Sacred Harp singing including the musical literature, history, and traditional singing practices, and the encouragement of singing schools, singings, and singing conventions. The SHMA is responsible for the publication, printing, and distribution of the Directory and Minutes of Sacred Harp Singings (see chapters 2 and 3). Its recent and current projects include recordings of Sacred Harp conventions and Camp Fasola. SHMHA accepts tax-deductible contributions to support these and other future projects to promote Sacred Harp singing. For more information and to make a contribution, contact Pam Nunn, treasurer, 617 Ayers Drive, Anniston, AL 36207.

[NEW] Sheppard Scholarships: Camp Fasola Youth Scholarships were established 2013 to enable young people to attend Camp Fasola and to honor the memory of Jeff and Shelbie Sheppard, who were founders and leaders of the SHMHA and Camp Fasola as well as exceptionally dedicated Sacred Harp singers. Donors will receive token gifts of appreciation in accordance with their contribution level. Click here for detailed information.

The Joe Beasley Memorial Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization created to support the growth and appreciation of Sacred Harp music and shape-note singing and to raise money to assist those involved in such music. Mr. Joe Beasley, a native of Winfield, AL, grew up in the Sacred Harp singing tradition but lived most of his life in New York City. He fostered Sacred Harp singing in the Northeast but died unexpectedly in 1995. According to the Foundation's Web site, its activities include assistance for struggling or new Sacred Harp/Shape-Note singing groups, singing schools, and college-level scholarships to assist with the financial needs of deserving students involved in Sacred Harp music and Shape-Note Music. It has an online store to sell recordings, books, and videos sponsored by the Foundation. For more information, check the Web site and contact Joe Beasley Memorial Foundation Inc., 431 Woodland Rd., Bessemer, AL 35020, or e-mail joebeasleymemorialfoundation@gmail.com.

Steven L. Sabol (sabol@his.com)
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