Singing Locations of the Southwest Texas Sacred Harp Singing Convention


YEAR DATE LOCATION TOWN
1900 April 28-29 Round Top School House McMahan, Caldwell County
1901 July 6-7 Tenney's Creek Primitive Baptist Church Tilman, Caldwell County
1902 July 4-5-6 Good Hope Primitive Baptist Church Saturn, Gonzales County
1903 September 4-5-6 Round Top School House McMahan, Caldwell County
1904-1933 no record no record no record
1934 July 29-30 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
September 29-30 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
December 30 San Marcos Primitive Baptist Church Luling, Caldwell County
1935 no record no record no record
1936 March 29 San Marcos Primitive Baptist Church Luling, Caldwell County
May 31 Adams School Mathis, San Patricio County
August 30 Nixon Public School Nixon, Gonzales County
November 29 Stratton Public School Stratton, DeWitt County
1937 May 30 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
August 28-29 no record Sutherland Springs, Wilson County
October 31 Mt Zion Primitive Baptist Church Nixon, Gonzales County
1938 January 30 San Marcos Primitive Baptist Church Luling, Caldwell County
May 29 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
July 31 no record San Antonio, Bexar County
October 30 Doss Public School Doss, Gillispie County
1939 January 29 San Marcos Primitive Baptist Church Luling, Caldwell County
April 30 Mt Zion Primitive Baptist Church Nixon, Gonzales County
July 30 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
October 29 Good Hope Primitive Baptist Church Saturn, Gonzales County
December 31 San Marcos Primitive Baptist Church Luling, Caldwell County
1940 March 31 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
June 30 San Marcos Primitive Baptist Church Luling, Caldwell County
September 29 no record Martindale, Caldwell County
December 29 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
1941 March 30 San Marcos Primitive Baptist Church Luling, Caldwell County
June 29 San Antonio (Southside) Primitive Baptist Church San Antonio, Bexar County
August 31 no record no record
November 30 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
1942-1944 no record no record no record
1945 July 29 Good Hope Primitive Baptist Church Saturn, Gonzales County
1946 June 30 Mt Zion Primitive Baptist Church Nixon, Gonzales County
1947 March 30 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
June 29 Good Hope Primitive Baptist Church Saturn, Gonzales County
August 31 Mt Zion Primitive Baptist Church Nixon, Gonzales County
November 30 New Providence Primitive Baptist Church Bastrop, Bastrop County
1948 February 29 San Antonio (Southside) Primitive Baptist Church San Antonio, Bexar County
May 30 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
August 29 Mt Zion Primitive Baptist Church Nixon, Gonzales County
October 31 San Antonio (Southside) Primitive Baptist Church San Antonio, Bexar County
1949 January 30 canceled due to snow canceled due to snow
May 29 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
July 31 Mt Zion Primitive Baptist Church Nixon, Gonzales County
October 30 San Antonio (Southside) Primitive Baptist Church San Antonio, Bexar County
1950 January 29 did not meet did not meet
April 30 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
July 30 San Antonio (Southside) Primitive Baptist Church San Antonio, Bexar County
October 29 New Providence Primitive Baptist Church Bastrop, Bastrop County
December 31 San Antonio (Southside) Primitive Baptist Church San Antonio, Bexar County
1951 April 29 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
July 29 San Antonio (Southside) Primitive Baptist Church San Antonio, Bexar County
September 30 Mt Zion Primitive Baptist Church Nixon, Gonzales County
December 30 Tenney's Creek Primitive Baptist Church Tilman, Caldwell County
1952 March 30 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
June 29 San Antonio (Southside) Primitive Baptist Church San Antonio, Bexar County
August 31 Mt Zion Primitive Baptist Church Nixon, Gonzales County
November 30 San Antonio (Southside) Primitive Baptist Church San Antonio, Bexar County
1953 March 28-29 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
May 31 Quemado Primitive Baptist Church Quemado, Maverick County
August 29-30 Mt Zion Primitive Baptist Church Nixon, Gonzales County
November 29 San Antonio (Southside) Primitive Baptist Church San Antonio, Bexar County
1954 January 31 Tenney's Creek Primitive Baptist Church Tilman, Caldwell County
May 29-30 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
August 29 New Providence Primitive Baptist Church Bastrop, Bastrop County
October 31 Mt Zion Primitive Baptist Church Nixon, Gonzales County
1955 January 30 San Antonio (Northside) Primitive Baptist Church San Antonio, Bexar County
May 28-29 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
July 31 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church Killeen, Bell County
October 30 Mt Zion Primitive Baptist Church Nixon, Gonzales County
1956 January 29 San Antonio (Northside) Primitive Baptist Church San Antonio, Bexar County
April 28-29 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
July 29 Mt Zion Primitive Baptist Church Nixon, Gonzales County
September 30 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church Killeen, Bell County
December 30 Tenney's Creek Primitive Baptist Church Tilman, Caldwell County
1957 March 30-31 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
June 30 San Antonio (Southside) Primitive Baptist Church San Antonio, Bexar County
September 29 San Antonio (Northside) Primitive Baptist Church San Antonio, Bexar County
December 29 Mt Zion Primitive Baptist Church Nixon, Gonzales County
1958 March 29-30 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
June 29 San Antonio (Northside) Primitive Baptist Church San Antonio, Bexar County
August 31 Mt Zion Primitive Baptist Church Nixon, Gonzales County
November 30 Good Hope Primitive Baptist Church Saturn, Gonzales County
1959 March 29 New Providence Primitive Baptist Church Bastrop, Bastrop County
May 30-31 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
August 30 San Antonio (Northside) Primitive Baptist Church San Antonio, Bexar County
November 29 San Antonio (Southside) Primitive Baptist Church San Antonio, Bexar County
1960 January 31 Mt Zion Primitive Baptist Church Nixon, Gonzales County
May 28-29 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
July 31 Lampasas Primitive Baptist Church Lampasas, Lampasas County
October 30 New Providence Primitive Baptist Church Bastrop, Bastrop County
1961 January 29 Mt Zion Primitive Baptist Church Nixon, Gonzales County
April 29-30 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
July 30 San Antonio (Northside) Primitive Baptist Church San Antonio, Bexar County
October 28-29 Lampasas Primitive Baptist Church Lampasas, Lampasas County
December 31 Mt Zion Primitive Baptist Church Nixon, Gonzales County
1962 April 28-291 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
July 29 New Providence Primitive Baptist Church Bastrop, Bastrop County
September 30 Tenney's Creek Primitive Baptist Church Tilman, Caldwell County
December 30 Mt Zion Primitive Baptist Church Nixon, Gonzales County
1963 March 30-311 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
June 30 Northside Primitive Baptist Church San Antonio, Bexar County
September 29 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church Killeen, Bell County
December 29 Mt Zion Primitive Baptist Church Nixon, Gonzales County
1964 March 292 did not meet did not meet
May 30-31 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
August 30 did not meet did not meet
November 28-29 Lampasas Primitive Baptist Church Lampasas, Lampasas County
1965 January 31 did not meet did not meet
May 29-30 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
August 29 did not meet did not meet
October 31 Northside Primitive Baptist Church San Antonio, Bexar County
1966 January 30 did not meet did not meet
May 28-29 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
July 31 did not meet did not meet
October 29-30 Lampasas Primitive Baptist Church Lampasas, Lampasas County
1967 January 29 did not meet did not meet
April 29-30 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
July 30 Mt Zion Primitive Baptist Church Nixon, Gonzales County
October 28-29 Sardis Primitive Baptist Church Hamilton, Hamilton County
December 31 canceled due to freezing weather canceled due to freezing weather
1968 March 30-31 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
June 30 Mt Zion Primitive Baptist Church Nixon, Gonzales County
September 28-29 Lampasas Primitive Baptist Church Lampasas, Lampasas County
December 29 did not meet did not meet
1969 March 29-30 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
June 29 Mt Zion Primitive Baptist Church Nixon, Gonzales County
August 31 did not meet did not meet
November 29-30 Lampasas Primitive Baptist Church Lampasas, Lampasas County
1970 March 292 did not meet did not meet
May 30-31 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
August 30 did not meet did not meet
November 28-29 Lampasas Primitive Baptist Church Lampasas, Lampasas County
1971 January 31 did not meet did not meet
May 29-30 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
August 29 did not meet did not meet
October 31 Northside Primitive Baptist Church San Antonio, Bexar County
1972 April 29-30 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
1973 April 28-29 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
1974 March 30-31 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
September 28-29 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church Killeen, Bell County
1975 March 302 did not meet did not meet
June 28-29 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
1976 May 29-30 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
1977 May 28-29 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
October 29-30 San Antonio (Southside) Primitive Baptist Church San Antonio, Bexar County
1978 April 29-30 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
October 28-29 San Antonio (Southside) Primitive Baptist Church San Antonio, Bexar County
1979 April 28-29 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
September 29-30 San Antonio (Southside) Primitive Baptist Church San Antonio, Bexar County
1980 March 29-30 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
October 25-26 San Antonio (Southside) Primitive Baptist Church San Antonio, Bexar County
1981 March 28-29 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
October 24-25 San Antonio (Southside) Primitive Baptist Church San Antonio, Bexar County
1982 May 29-30 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
October 30-31 San Antonio (Southside) Primitive Baptist Church San Antonio, Bexar County
1983 May 28-293 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
October 29-30 San Antonio (Southside) Primitive Baptist Church San Antonio, Bexar County
1984 April 28-29 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
September 29-30 San Antonio (Southside) Primitive Baptist Church San Antonio, Bexar County
1985 March 30-31 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
September 28-29 San Antonio (Southside) Primitive Baptist Church San Antonio, Bexar County
1986 March 29-304 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
August 30-31 San Antonio (Southside) Primitive Baptist Church San Antonio, Bexar County
1987 March 28-29 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
August 29-30 Littlevine Primitive Baptist Church Austin, Travis County
1988 May 28-29 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
October 29-30 San Antonio (Southside) Primitive Baptist Church San Antonio, Bexar County
1989 April 29-30 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
October 28-29 Littlevine Primitive Baptist Church Austin, Travis County
1990 April 28-29 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
September 29-30 San Antonio (Southside) Primitive Baptist Church San Antonio, Bexar County
1991 March 30-314 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
September 28-29 Littlevine Primitive Baptist Church Austin, Travis County
1992 March 28-29 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
August 29-30 Littlevine Primitive Baptist Church Austin, Travis County
1993 May 29-30 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
October 30-31 Littlevine Primitive Baptist Church Austin, Travis County
1994 May 28-29 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
October 29-30 Littlevine Primitive Baptist Church Austin, Travis County
1995 April 29-30 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
October 28-29 Littlevine Primitive Baptist Church Austin, Travis County
1996 March 30-31 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
September 28-29 Littlevine Primitive Baptist Church Austin, Travis County
1997 March 29-304 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
August 30-31 Littlevine Primitive Baptist Church Austin, Travis County
1998 March 28-29 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
August 29-305 Littlevine Primitive Baptist Church Austin, Travis County
1999 May 29-30 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
October 30-31 Littlevine Primitive Baptist Church Austin, Travis County
2000 April 29-30 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
October 28-29 Littlevine Primitive Baptist Church Austin, Travis County
2001 April 28-29 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
September 29-30 Littlevine Primitive Baptist Church Austin, Travis County
2002 March 30-31 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
September 28-29 Southwest Texas State University San Marcos, Hays County
2003 March 29-30 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
August 30-31 Main Street Baptist Church (Saturday)
San Gabriel Community Center (Sunday)
Georgetown, Williamson County
2004 May 29-30 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
October 30-31 San Gabriel Community Center Georgetown, Williamson County
2005 May 28-29 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
October 29-30 San Gabriel Community Center Georgetown, Williamson County
2006 April 29-30 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
October 28-29 Sri Atmananda Memorial School Austin, Travis County
2007 April 28-29 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
September 29-30 Sri Atmananda Memorial School Austin, Travis County
2008 March 29-30 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
August 30-31 Austin Waldorf School Austin, Travis County
2009 March 28-29 Bethel Primitive Baptist Church McMahan, Caldwell County
August 29-30 Austin Waldorf School Austin, Travis County

1 In April of 1962 and March of 1963, the convention was jointly held with The State Convention of Sacred Harp Singers. It was decided at the 1963 convention that the 1964 session of the State Convention of Sacred Harp Singers would be held in Tatum, Texas, on the 4th Sunday and the Saturday before.

2 The 5th Sunday of March in 1964, 1970, and 1975 fell on Easter Sunday. Henderson was the host of an annual Easter Singing, held on Easter Sunday; once it was held in the Rusk County Courthouse, and then later held at Mt. Ararat Primitive Baptist Church. On these three particular 5th Sundays, the singers from McMahan decided to delay their singing to the next 5th Sunday weekend so as to eliminate any schedule conflicts between two Texas Singings, and the singers from both communities could visit and attend each others singing.

3 On Saturday, May 28, 1983, we had a special visitor: James A. Michener. Michener was researching for information for his historical novel, Texas (1985). In the Acknowledgement section of his book he does mention having the opportunity to attend a Sacred Harp singing at McMahan. In his book, he writes of this one family who settled in Texas and then they got out their Sacred Harp tune books and sang.

4 The 5th Sundays of March in 1986, 1991, and 1997 fell on Easter Sunday. This time the Henderson singers cancelled the Easter Singing for the year, yielding to the Southwest Texas Convention. By the time the 20th Century came to an end, the annual Easter Singing ceased to be held.

5 On August 29, 1998, the convention was jointly held with the Young People’s Singing. Up until this time, the Young People’s Singing was held somewhere in the State of Alabama, and had always been held in that state. The following year, the Young People’s Singing was held in Nashville, Tennessee. The organization of the Young People’s Singing is such that only the singers that are under a certain age are to serve as officers and all committee positions for the day.


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