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Lincoln’s Birthday Singing

University of Chicago, Ida Noyes Hall, Chicago, Illinois

February 6, 2000

The eighth annual Lincoln’s Birthday singing at the University of Chicago’s Ida Noyes Hall was called to order by Kiri Miller at 1:00 p.m. with song on page 59. Jim Swanson led the class in prayer.

Leaders: Marcia Johnson and grandson, Teddy Thomas 33t; Steve Warner 148; Doug Stapleton 178; John Kimbrough 155.

Kiri Miller called a business meeting. Kate Lingley was elected Chair and arranged for the election of the other officers.

Leaders: Kate Lingley 497; Cathryn Baker 472; Karen Freund 278b; Jim Helke 335; Bruce Holmes 267; Al Frank 102; John Seaton 47t; Kris Richardson 344; Jim Swanson 216; Ted Mercer 106 (by request); Sue Kessel 365; Ariel Weinberg 63; Ted Johnson 215; Susan Geil 147t; Judy Hauff 112; Suzanne Flandreau 163t.


The singing resumed with Kate Lingley leading song on page 441. Leaders: Jerry Enright 131t; Teddy Thomas 32t; Rachel Adelstein 268; Violet Stark 358; Lisa Grayson 448t; Hugh Thomas 126; Dean Slaton 512; Orwin Youngquist 38t; Laura Koepke 442; Melanie Hauff 318; Jerry Enright 300; Susan Geil 81t; Bill Hamblin 107; Aaron Kahn 198; Karen Freund 271t; Ted Mercer 62; Sue Kessel 455.

Chairman Kate Lingley called for announcements of local and regional singings.

The singing resumed with Lisa Grayson leading song on page 436. Leaders: John Seaton 68b; Judy Hauff 411; Rachel Adelstein 448b; Kris Richardson 269; Dean Slaton 422; Melanie Hauff 277; Steve Warner 547. Kate Lingley, Kiri Miller, and Cathryn Baker closed the singing with song on page 347, and Jim Swanson offered a closing prayer.

The specific date of the singing varies from year to year, but it is always held in conjunction with the University of Chicago Folk Festival. In 2001, the singing will be on the first or second Sunday in February. For more information, please contact the University of Chicago Shape-Note Singers’ Association.

Chairman—Kate Lingley; Vice Chairman—Cathryn Baker; Secretary—Jim Swanson.