2019 Preservation Fund Grants – applications now available!

Preservation Fund Grant Application 2019-fillable

Attention all nonprofit dance halls! Texas Dance Hall Preservation is pleased to announce that our Preservation Fund Grant applications are now available for 2019. Click the link above to download the application as a PDF.

We will have about $12,000 to give away this spring PLUS another $5,000 for halls with damage from Hurricane Harvey. If you still need to make Harvey-related repairs, please be sure to mention that on your grant application!

Please note that, as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization, TDHP can only make grants to other nonprofits with current tax-exempt status. We realize that other halls have needs too, and we are working on ways to help everyone. However, these grants require that applicants are tax-exempt 501(c) organizations.

Applications must be complete and submitted to TDHP no later than March 1, 2019. If you have questions, please contact us at admin@texasdancehall.org.

Thanks to Lone Star Beer for funding this round of grants through their 2018 Tabs and Caps for Texas campaign and their additional donation for Harvey recovery!


Posted on January 7th, 2019

Texas dance hall photo exhibit – now in La Grange!

The Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center Museum presents TDHP’s dance halls photo exhibit through February 11, 2019.

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All photos courtesy of Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center.

Two-step your way through time on a photographic tour of historic dance halls. Texas dance halls are as diverse and vast as Texas itself. The photos in this exhibit illustrate this and serve as a reminder of what we have and what we are at risk of losing without efforts to preserve these reminders of our collective history as Texans. The exhibit features 38 beautiful photos, which includes 5 halls located in Fayette County.

TDHP executive director Deb Fleming will present a program on the exhibit and Texas Dance Hall Preservation on Wednesday, January 23 at 6:00 PM at the Center. All photos are available for purchase from TDHP.

The Center is located at 250 West Fairgrounds Road in La Grange with viewing hours Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. For more information, call 979-968-9399 or visit www.czechtexas.org.

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“Texas is rich with diversity and our historic dance halls are architectural monuments to our diverse culture and history as a state.  The east central region of Texas around La Grange and Fayette county is ground zero in that it can boast a high number of halls that still act as community centers as they did over a century ago.  Preserving them for future generations is our legacy and responsibility much like our ancestors when they built them and maintained them for us to enjoy today.” – Deb Fleming, TDHP Executive Director

Posted on January 3rd, 2019

New Year’s Eve Dances 2018

UPDATED (12/18/18)! We’ve added even more New Year’s Eve Dances!

What better way to ring in the new year than at a historic dance hall?! Click below to download a PDF list of New Year’s Eve dances that we’ve heard about.

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Know about another dance we need to add to the list? Email us: admin@texasdancehall.org.

Posted on December 11th, 2018

Texans know that we have to be prepared for disasters.

You can help make sure that Texas’ historic dance halls have the insurance they need.

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Texas dance halls – built of wood, often located in rural areas — are at risk from fires and floods. Club 21 in Uhland, Turner Hall in Fredericksburg, and Gruenau Hall in Yorktown all burned down within the last 10 years. Insurance for both Gruenau Hall and  Turner Hall covered less than 50% of the cost to rebuild; Club 21 had no insurance. Mixville Sunrise Hall (near Sealy) and the La Grange KC Hall were flooded during Hurricane Harvey.

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Photos of Club 21, before and after the 2010 fire that destroyed the 107-year-old hall

Because dance halls are a unique type of building, insurance agents often have trouble figuring out how to establish an accurate property value or adequate replacement costs. As a result, halls may be underinsured or have trouble getting property insurance at all.

To address this problem, TDHP will bring in Historic Appraisals LLC, which appraises historic buildings for the National Trust Insurance Services, to visit between 4–10 typical halls and provide this critical information. All funds raised during Giving Tuesday 2018 will go toward Historic Appraisals’ $5,500 fee, which includes travel.

Please donate today to help make sure Texas dance halls have sufficient insurance!



Posted on November 23rd, 2018

November 2018 Newsletter

The November 2018 Newsletter is here and packed with articles to keep you up-to-date on Texas music, dance halls, and TDHP activities. You can read it on ISSUU here:

You can also download a PDF version here.

Posted on November 17th, 2018

“Mothballing Toolkit for Vacant Dance Halls” is now available

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When dance halls will be vacant or infrequently used for some period of time, we can take steps to keep them secure, stable, and weathertight while they are not being used. A guide to doing that — a process called “mothballing” — was produced over the past two years with help from owners of the following halls:

  • Appelt’s Hill Dance Hall (Hallettsville, Texas)
  • Freyburg Hall (Freyburg, Texas)
  • Grapetown Rifle Club (Grapetown, Texas)
  • Hye Hall (Hye, Texas)
  • Mixville Sunrise Hall (Austin County)
  • Peters Hacienda Schuetzen Verein Hall (Peters Community, Texas
  • Saints Peter and Paul Hall (Plum, Texas)
  • Sons of Herrmann Lodge No. 301 (Deanville, Texas)

Since this project began, some of these halls have undertaken renovations and have been or are on their way to being put back into frequent, productive use.

TDHP wants to thank the following funders, who made this guide possible: the Texas Preservation Trust Fund, The Summerlee Foundation, the Fondren Fund for Texas/National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Texas Historical Foundation, and TDHP co-founder Steph McDougal. The guide was produced by historic preservation architect Ann Benson McGlone.

You can find a link to the Mothballing Toolkit as a downloadable PDF on our Resources page.

Posted on November 12th, 2018

Tickets are still available for the 2018 Texas Dance Hall Tour!

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Posted on October 1st, 2018

August 2018 Newsletter

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Posted on August 18th, 2018

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