Union County Historical Society Blairsville Georgia

Scroll down for calendar and UCHS event info!

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Museum and Office are in the Historic Court House on the Square
The museum is open to the public.
Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturdays 11:00 a.m, to 3:00 p.m.
Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for those under 6 years of age.
Educational tours for school classes always welcome, please contact us.

Union County Historical Society, PO Box 35, Blairsville, GA 30514
history1@windstream.net
706.745.5493

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Mountain Heritage Festival, 2014
Every Labor Day weekend
one block south of the square
go here for more information and vendor application!

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Photo of "Jack Parker" leading the shape note singing.

Shape Note Singing at Old Courthouse


       The Union County Historical Society proudly presents a program of shape note music at 7:00 PM on Friday, August 1 in The Old Courthouse on the Square in Blairsville.  Very likely, the first music that was heard in the old courthouse was shape note music.  It was certainly the first music with any organization in Union County and came into the area with the first white settlers. 

    Shape Note music, dating to about 1801, is a system designed to make it easier to teach and read music by giving each different tone in the scale a different shaped note head. Singers quickly learn
these do, re, mi's and are able to accurately sound each note without having to use the more complex knowledge needed to read standard (round) notation.

     All through the 1800's and well into the l900's church choirs were well trained and “singings”  were regularly held in most Union County churches, but now that practice has all but vanished.

     One still remains, the annual Union County Singing Convention, now held at Providence Church, promoted by J. W. Payne. This year it drew singers from South Carolina, Alabama, andTennessee, as well as from all over Georgia. To accomplish this, J. W. faithfully attends their singings. Each year he drives thousands of miles at his own expense to enjoy their singings,

but also to know that they will do the same at Providence Church next year.   Jewell and Myrtle Mason were involved in music at Providence Methodist Church from the early 1930’s.  Their daughter, Barbara Mason Poole, is the music director of music at Providence, and her daughter, Stephanie, is the pianist.
    
Union County is steeped in shape note musical history.  There are family names that appear in that history from the very beginning right up to the present time.  Fred Rich and Hansel Hunter have well over one thousand published songs between them.  Besides the Hunter and Rich families, there are many more:  Part of these include Paynes, Collins, Dyer, Mason, Patterson, Brackett, Gibson, Turner,Reed, Parker, Rogers,  and on and on. 

If there is a pioneer of shaped note music who deserves to be in our Hall of Shape Note Pioneers, contact the historical society at 706-745-5493.

     Shape note music has been kept alive in Union County through the efforts of the Union County Singing Convention.  This is an organization that promotes shape note singing, helps arrange “singings,” and is heavily involved with the North Georgia School of Gospel Music which is held for two weeks every summer at Truitt-McConnell College in Cleveland, GA.  This school is available of every age group.  Students may choose between staying on campus or commuting.  Private voice and instruments lessons are also available.  Information will be available at the concert Friday evening concerning both the Union County Singing Convention and the North Georgia School of Gospel Music. 

     It is with great pride and tremendous gratitude to the participants that the Union County Historical Society presents this historical singing.  There is never an admission charge to the concerts at The Old Courthouse on the Square.  Voluntary donations to the maintenance fund are always welcomed and appreciated.

EVERY FRIDAY ~ Friday Night Concerts
May 3 through the end of October
Courtroom of the Courthouse @ 7:00 p.m
Click here for the weekly concert schedule!


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Memorial and Celebratory
Bell Ringings

at the Courthouse
for info, call 706.745.5493
Bell Ringings, go here!

Mountain Heritage Festival, 2014
Every Labor Day weekend,
one block south of the square
go here for more information
and vendor application!

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2014
Ongoing Activities of the Society
sponsored or co-sponsored by the Historical Society
sponsored by other organizations

Please contact us at:
history1@windstream.net or 706.745.5493

EVERY EVENING ~ Bell Music from the Courthouse Tower
Town Square, 7:o0 - 7:30 p.m., music varies by the season.

EVERY 3rd Monday ~ Shape Note Singing Practice
Courtroom of the Court House @ 6:30 p.m

EVERY FRIDAY ~ Friday Night Concerts
May 3 through the end of October, Courtroom of the Courthouse @ 7:00 p.m
Click here for the weekly concert schedule!

SECOND TUESDAY of each month ~ U.C.H.S. Board of Directors meeting, Conference Room of the Courthouse @ 9:30 a.m.

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JULY 29 ~ Historical Society Picnic -
Old Choestoe School House @ 6:00 p.m. Covered Dish

AUGUST 30 & 31 ~ Mountain Heritage Festival
for more information and vendor application!

OCTOBER 11 ~ Sorghum Festival Parade
11:00 a.m., for more info on Parade and Festival!

OCTOBER ??~ Halloween on the Square
for more info!

NOVEMBER 18 ~ UCHS Volunteer Luncheon
Community Center, Butternut Creek @ 11:30 a.m.

DECEMBER ?? ~ Friday Night Christmas Concert
North Georgia Chamber Symphony, Inc.
Court House, 7:00 p.m.

DECEMBER 6 ~ Christmas Parade, 2:00 pm.

Santa Claus before the parade in the courthouse, click here!

DECEMBER ?? ~ The Society’s Annual Christmas Dinner & Meeting Brackett Room, United Community Bank @ 6:00 p.m.

DECEMBER 13 ~ Rain date for Christmas Parade @ 2:00 pm.

DECEMBER ?? ~ Special Christmas Concert
Wm. "Bill" Graff
Court House, 7:00 p.m.

For information on all of the Society's Christmas events, click here!


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Other Heritage Events in Union County
2014 Dates

      
APRIL 23 - 27 ~ Blairsville Kiwanis Mountain Fair
Airport Industrial Park.

JUNE 14 & 15 ~ Blairsville Scottish Festival

JULY 19 & 20 ~ Butternut Creek Festival

JULY 26 ~ The Green Bean Festival Green Bean Festival will be split between 3 locations: Downtown, Meeks Park, & Farmers Market.

OCTOBER 4 & 5 ~ Indian Summer Festival in Suches
Always the first weekend in October for 35 years
All proceeds to benefit
Woody Gap School

OCTOBER 11, 12 & 18, 19 ~ Sorghum Festival

VARIOUS ACTIVITIES ~ Byron Herbert Reece Society

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Bud Akins - Union County Historical Society President

Museum and Office are in the Historic Court House on the Square
The museum is open to the public.
Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturdays 11:00 a.m, to 3:00 p.m.
Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for those under 6 years of age. Educational tours for school classes always welcome,
please contact us.


Union County Historical Society, PO Box 35, Blairsville, GA 30514
history1@windstream.net
706.745.5493

Join the Union County Historical Society!

We always need volunteers!
To contribute, contact
Carolyn Jarrard - Volunteer Coordinator
history1@windstream.net or 706.745.5493

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Official web site of the Union County Historical Society of Georgia, copyright 2014