Southwestern District History
By Grady Kerr
This book was compiled by former Southwestern District Historian, Grady Kerr, along with a few friends such as Sally Cunningham, Ruth Blazina-Joyce, Duane Lunday, and Earl Hagn.
Published in 1996, Golden Memories is more than 450 pages starting with the Barbershop Harmony Society's beginnings in 1938 at Tulsa, Oklahoma (known then as the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America - S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A.), the SWD's beginnings in 1949, pioneers of the SWD, chapter growth, SWD presidents and administration, contests and conventions, quartets, choruses and significant milestones.
There are sections with history for each SWD chapter that existed up to the year the book was published.
Although Grady passed away a few years ago, this book is his gift and legacy to the Southwestern District. We plan to continue Grady's legacy by constantly gathering historical information and accomplishments from all the chapters of our district, and adding to this book bi-annually.
Click the photo to download the book but beware! It's a 62MB PDF file