Errata and addenda for Approaching 150: a Brief History of the East Texas Musical Convention
Page 30: Special mention
James Ed Gentry was Vice-president of the Convention from 1934-1936.
Page 30-31: Singing School teachers
Singing School teachers should include: Davis Y. Gammage (Panola County), John T. Holloway (Upshur County), E. E. Jones (Rusk County), L. D. Mangham (Panola County), Grady McLeod (Cass County), John Sanders (Rusk Co./Parker Co.), David P. White (Cherokee County). Jayne McKnight (Smith County) should be listed among those living or teaching in the six county area.
Page 38: Panola County
Clayton is 9 miles southwest of Carthage rather than 16.
Page 39: Panola County (also pp. 45, 57)
“Rehoboth” should be spelled “Rehobeth”.
Page 42: Second paragraph
“Invitations extended to the Convention should be regarded as more of a community invitation that a church invitation...” should read, “Invitations extended to the Convention should be regarded as more of a community invitation than a church invitation...”
Page 49: Influence on churches (third paragraph)
“Only Zion Hill is in the six-county East Texas Convention meeting region” should read, “Only Pine Grove and Zion Hill are in the six-county East Texas Convention meeting region.
Page 50: First paragraph
“Early East Texas song leaders likely received their first musical training had in the community singing school” should read, “Early East Texas song leaders likely received their first musical training in a community singing school.”
Page 55: Second paragraph
“Yet the Sacred Harp community with its built-in catharsis suffers less from depression than the average American” should read, “Yet the Sacred Harp community with its built-in catharsis probably suffers less from depression than the average American.”
Page 65: Appendix B Sacred Harp Singings in East Texas, 2004
The monthly singing at the University of Houston should be included on this list.
Page 70: Appendix H Historical Marker Project
East Texas Musical Convention
Sacred Harp (Fasola) singing is based on a system of shaped notes, dispersed harmony and minor chords. In its origins it was rural, folk, religious music that allowed singers to interpret, or personalize, the sounds. Brought westward by migrating settlers and kept alive through special songbooks, it found a welcome home in East Texas, where many settlers were from the South. Tradition holds that the East Texas Sacred Harp Singing Society, forerunner of the East Texas Musical Convention, dates to 1855. Suspended briefly during the Civil War years, the annual conventions, centered on six area counties, have maintained their popularity through the years.
– 2005 Texas Historical Commission
[Note: We did not have the historical marker at the time the book was printed, but understood some requested changes were being made. I printed what I thought was supposed to be on the marker, but the above text is what is actually on the marker.]