First meeting of the Society of the Preservation of Spirituals (SPS) at 21 King St, home of Josephine Pinckney.
First public performance by the SPS on East Battery to benefit St. Philips Church
Porgy, novel by SPS member Dubose Heyward is published.
First concert tour in northern cities: Boston, New York, Wilmington
The Carolina Low Country Lyrics & music to 49 spirituals collected by SPS is published.
Porgy & Bess composer, George Gershwin, summers in Charleston to work on opera.
SPS performs in White House for President Franklin D. Roosevelt on January 20th.
SPS invests in device for making "electronic transcriptions" (recordings) onto aluminum discs.
Katherine J Hutson is recorded singing solos in her home.
Nationwide NBC broadcast of SPS singing in Academy of Music on April 15, 1936.
African-American congregations on Johns Island, on the Santee River and on Cromwell Alley,
downtown Charleston, SC, recorded.
John Lomax, Curator of American Folksong Archive meets with SPS President Louis Parker
and requests donation of aluminum discs to the Library of Congress
Series I, LP recording of 4/15/52 concert at Dock St Theatre for American Society
of Mammalogists becomes first release of SPS.
Series II, LP recording of concerts between 1952-54 released
Series III, LP released
March 28 Concert, Footlight Players Workshop, not released.
Donation of 45 aluminum discs of spirituals recorded in the Charleston area from 1936-39 to
Archive of Folk Song at the Library of Congress
Come En Go Wid Me, March 28 concert, Footlight Players Workshop, released
Sinnuh Wah Yuh Doin' Down Dehe, April 13 concert, Footlight Players Wk, released
Gala concert in the Dock Street Theater on March 23, not released
Negro Spiritual procalimed to be official music of SC by Gov. Hodges
Spirituals of the Carolina Low Country, music and Gullah lyrics of 49 spirituals published
Spiritual SocietyField Recordings, 1936-39, CD with 19 spirituals performed by African-
American congregaions and six by the founding generation of the SPS, released.
Spiritual Society Concerts, 1936-95, a double CD with 56 spirituals released.
Gullah Lyrics to Carolina Low Country Spirituals, lyrics to 94 spirituals published.
Five Carolina Low Country Spirituals arranged for SATB by Gary Bachlund, published