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Texas dance halls are about family, history, romance, and a way of life.

Dance halls are where generations of Texans have played and listened to some of the best music made in America. At a dance hall, you can fall in love, and then teach your children and grandchildren to dance … catch up with friends and neighbors, welcome newcomers, and create the social ties that bind our towns and our state together. Come on out and see for yourself what makes a historic dance hall one of the most Texas things there is.

Giving Tuesday

In Fall 2020, Texas Dance Hall Preservation had our first class of graduate interns. Their charge was to find every dance hall in a 51 county region of the Texas coast. This group of interns found over 200 halls that TDHP didn’t have a record of! This information will help us create a disaster preparedness manual for halls in hurricane prone zones.

We would like to continue our search for dance halls, and maintain our intern program in Spring 2021, and need your help! Our next phase of research will cover the west Texas region. We would like to use the information to help us identify Hispanic halls so that we can later research this group of halls further, and write a multiple property submission for the National Register of Historic Places. Hispanic halls are important cultural touchstones, and ones that haven’t been researched much yet. Your donation on Giving Tuesday will help us take these first steps to tell a fuller story of Texas dance halls!

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