MHS Calendar of Events
Turning Points in American History
10 June 2016 to 25 February 2017 Details
Brown Bag The Death and Transfiguration of New England Psalmody, ca. 1790-1860 this event is free 15 August 2014.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Brenton Grom, Case Western Reserve University
The robust culture of psalm- and hymn-singing that flourished in Revolutionary New England became subject to Europeanizing reforms after the turn of the nineteenth century. Introducing these reform efforts as instances of political and theological ideology operating within a larger discourse of refinement, this presentation focuses on their surprisingly variable reception as revealed in copybooks and marginalia. It furthermore considers Victorian values of home, sentiment, and historical memory as masks for the retention of outmoded musical styles in later years.