The American South has a rich musical tradition that is expressed in many forms. Thanks to such films as "Cold Mountain" and "Oh, Brother Where Art Thou?" southern gospel, singing schools, dinner-on-the-grounds and the four shape note "sacred harp" traditions are flourishing across the South. They will be the topic of the June 17 meeting of the South Sebastian County Historical Society.

Presenters will include Jean Shankle, host of the Hartford Songfest and former Mrs. Arkansas, who will discuss the Hartford Music Institute, Sherrell Stallings Buchanan, area historian, who will discuss Greenwood’s connection to the gospel tune "Victory in Jesus," and B. R. Black, a member of the Shiloh Sacred Harp Singers of northwest Arkansas, who will discuss the shaped note singing style of the Shiloh Sacred Harp Singers and show a video. Music published by the Hartford Music Company will be performed by the Dulcimer Darlings.

The meeting will convene at 7 pm at the Farmer’s Bank Community Room, 71 West Center Street in Greenwood and will be followed by a social hour. All are welcome to attend. For more information, call 479-252-6183, or access the Historical Society’s blog at or their Facebook page at

The Society’s May meeting was cancelled due to inclement weather. That evening’s presentation by Susan Young of the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, entitled "Stories in Stone: Tombstone Art in the Arkansas Ozarks" has been re-scheduled for September 16, 2013.