Square Dance History Project
The rich story of North American square dance finally has a home in the digital age.

Browse Items (156 total)

  • Temporal Coverage is exactly "1960s"
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Al Brundage - dance history

Note: The audio file takes a while to load, so be patient.This recording documents a presentation by Al Brundage about the history of square dancing. The tape label has no information about the date… View item
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Al Brundage recollections

Al Brundage wrote these recollections of his experiences growing up in Connecticut and the growth of square dancing. His story includes discovering square dance as a boy, followed by the whole… View item
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Linda Sue - Beulah Samec

Beulah Samec calling a singing call at a dance at the Newton Pavilion in Newton, NH in 1960. View item
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Patter - Bill Castner

This is a short clip of patter calling by Bill Castner, a caller from California. View item
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I Don't Know Why - Bill Castner

This is a short clip of Bill Castner calling the singing call I Don't Know Why (Sets In Order record # 1119) from a dance recorded in 1960. View item
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Bob Aylward - caller biography

This is an excerpt from an unpublished memoir by Robert Aylward, who called square dances in the Boston area, starting in the 1930s. It's a detailed portrait of the evolution of a caller. View item
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The Buzzards' Glory Barn Dance 1928–1966

In the early 1970s, Bob Dalsemer heard about a dance series in Albanstown, northern Baltimore County, Maryland; the dances were no longer being held so he interviewed two sources to create this… View item
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Old Time Square Dancing on Ocracoke Island, North Carolina

Author Bob Dalsemer discovers a long tradition of the "big circle" square dance on this island off the North Carolina coast, far from the Appalachian Mountains where it is usually… View item
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I Get The Blues for Mammy - Bob Fisk

The original song was recorded by Bill Boyd and His Cowboy Ramblers, Bluebird 8422 A. View item