RAISE THE ROOF! Tamworth’s Parson Samuel Hidden, Singing Master, his Meeting House and the Songs Sung There, 1793-1837

A Collaborative Program of the Tamworth Historical Society, the Yeoman’s Fund for the Arts, The Tamworth Congregational Church, the Cook Memorial Library, the Remick Farm Museum – September 15, 2012, in a charming village setting – to bring alive and celebrate :

– Parson Samuel Hidden’s life and key role in early Tamworth, including as a leader of shape-note singing schools.
(Sept. 12 is the 220th anniversary of Hidden’s ordination here.)

Shape-Note Music, its importance to New England in that era, and the joy of singing it today.

– The architecture of our 1793 Town House where Hidden and his parishioners sang.

The Yeoman’s Fund is sponsoring Shape-Note Singing Workshops for adults and all ages in Tamworth Village, led by the very skilled Larry Gordon and assistant, of Village Harmony in Plainfield, Vermont:
– 6-9 pm Thursday and Friday, Sept. 13 and 14
– and 10-11 the morning of the 15th – we hope participants will stay and sing in the afternoon too (see below) if you can.
It is not required to attend every workshop session.
Please contact Peggy Johnson at 323-8877 or if interested. These are free, contributions gratefully accepted.
(Larry will also lead workshops at the KA Brett School and Community School four mornings each that week. We hope the kids will join us the 15th.)


10:00-11:00 – Shape-note song rehearsal and sing with Larry Gordon, Tamworth Congregational Church. Public welcome to listen.

11:00-12:00 – Larry Gordon will talk on the History of Shape-Note Songs, followed by or mixed in with participatory singing – Tam Cong. Church

12:00 – Lunch: BYO sandwich, or pick one up at The Other Store or the Lyceum, walk around Tamworth Village, visit the Tamworth Historical Society display at the Cook Memorial Library, or the Remick Country Doctor Farm and Museum and its walking trails – Picnic on a porch or lawn, in a park or cafe. All easily done on foot.

1:00 – The Remarkable Life of Rev. Samuel Hidden, with Don Sutherland and other Hidden descendants – with slides, displays and songs – Tam Cong Church

2:00 – Peter Benes, noted NE historian and author of The Meetinghouses of Early New England, will speak on meetinghouses and how ours is both typical and unique – with slides and songs – at the Town House, ground floor. (Peter will have a few copies of his book for sale.)

2:45 Tour of the Town House and its features with Tamworth historian Bob Cottrell, followed by a visit to the building’s original 1793 site, 3/4 mile up the road near Ordination Rock, the site of Sam’l Hidden’s house, and his grave.

3:30 – Final Songfest, for whoever is still ambulatory! – in the Church (or perhaps upstairs in the Town House)

Hope you can attend! Please spread the word to others who might be interested!

You are welcome to attend the parts of the program of most interest to you; you will find plenty to see and do nearby in the Village at any point in the day.
(The thriving Tamworth Farmers’ Market will be open 9-12 a.m. just up the street at the junction of Rte 113 and Main Street.)

The entire program is free; some of the sponsoring groups will have contribution baskets if you would like to help promote their work.

RAISE THE ROOF! Tamworth’s Parson Samuel Hidden