Jack Fourier demonstrates 18th century physicians’s instruments. Fourier is a member of the 1777 re-enactors. Submitted photo

DRESDEN — Revolutionary War era re-enactors plan to appear in period dress from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Pownalborough Court House, 23 Courthouse Road, to accompany a workshop on shape note singing.

The Maine Shape Note Singers will demonstrate how this teaching device facilitates social singing.

Peter Morrissey makes shingles on a shaving horse. Re-enactors will accompany the shape note singing workshop. Submitted photo

Shape notes originated in New England in the early 1800s. They have been used for over two centuries in a variety of music traditions.

The shape notes help singers find pitches within major and minor scales, according to a news release from Christine Hopf-Lovette with the Lincoln County Historical Association.

Anyone interested in shape note singing or in historic re-enacting is invited to join in the workshop or to simply observe the event. The event is free, although donations are always welcome.

The Pownalborough Court House is maintained by the association, a nonprofit organization that provides stewardship for the 1754 Chapman-Hall House in Damariscotta, the 1761 Pownalborough Court House in Dresden, and the 1811 Old Jail and Museum in Wiscasset.

For more information, visit lincolncountyhistory.org or Lincoln County Historical Association (Maine) on Facebook.


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