May 2019 Newsletter: The Wedding Issue!

Just in time for wedding season … it’s the May 2019 issue of Texas Dance Hall  Preservation’s quarterly newsletter!

In this issue, our readers share their dance hall wedding stories and photos, NPR gets into the act, and we cover TDHP news as well as the State of Texas’ recognition of Gary P. Nunn’s outstanding career. Click on the image above to read the newsletter using ISSUU.

To download the newsletter as a PDF, click here.

Posted on May 31st, 2019

March 2019 Newsletter

Our first-quarter newsletter is finally out! Read it via ISSUU, below.

To download the newsletter as a PDF file, click here.


Posted on March 29th, 2019

On Sale Now! Texas Dance Hall Tour

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Hosted by Texas Dance Hall Preservation and Ray Benson & Asleep at the Wheel with presenting sponsor Central Market, the official Texas Dance Hall Tour sets out to bring you the truest form of the Texas Dance Hall experience there is. Spend a four-day weekend in the beautiful Dallas/Fort Worth area at four historic and one-of-a-kind dance halls. Featuring the best in Texas music, there’s no doubt you’ll be two-stepping your way to an unforgettable weekend, and it all benefits TDHP, supporting our ever-expanding programs.

The Texas Dance Hall Tour aims to entertain, educate, and engage the public around Texas’ cultural and musical heritage. The great state of Texas is filled with historic dance halls. In the late 1800s and into the early 1900s, dance halls flourished, with as many as 1,000 halls built in Texas over the years. Although now fewer than 400 remain, there are more historic dance halls in the state of Texas than anywhere in the country. They represent authentic music, culture, and history.

The dance halls and artists featured on the Texas Dance Hall Tour include:

  • Thursday, June, 13: Asleep at the Wheel at Sons of Hermann Hall in Dallas, Texas
  • Friday, June 14: Hot Club of Cowtown at the Historic National Hall in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Saturday, June 15: Jason Roberts Band at Stagecoach Ballroom in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Sunday, June 16: Asleep at the Wheel at the Longhorn Ballroom in Dallas, Texas

Packages for the Texas Dance Hall Tour are on sale now!

Packages are sold on a first come, first served basis. Get yours today!

Posted on March 12th, 2019

Oral History Workshop – CANCELLED

The oral history workshop scheduled for Saturday, February 23, has been cancelled due to insufficient registrations. To receive a notice when the workshop is rescheduled, please contact Deb Fleming via email ( or phone 512-921-1250.

Posted on February 22nd, 2019

2019 Preservation Fund Grants – applications now available!

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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

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

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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:

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

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