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Dance Halls, Juke Joints, and Honky Tonks

Saving Local Resources by Expanding Community

December 1, 2017

San Antonio, TX

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Lee Brothers, Cutoff, Photo courtesy of John Sharp

Lee Brothers, Cutoff, Photo courtesy of John Sharp

Register NowThe National Center for Preservation Technology and Training is partnering with the Festival of Texas Fiddling to host a one day symposium on the preservation of dance halls, juke joints, and honky tonks. The buildings range from simple construction to high style and were often located in small towns across the United States. By increasing interest in and the identification of the resources we can better preserve of them.

At one time the often vernacular buildings numbered in the thousands, but only a handful still serve their original purpose today. They face constant threats such as relevancy, development pressures, deterioration, and financial viability. This symposium brings together experts and enthusiasts to discuss history, architecture, and culture associated with the buildings. A dialog will be created to share successes and failures to assist preservationists, building owners, and managers in preserving their resources.

The symposium will be held December 1, 2017 at the Steves Homestead River House in San Antonio, Texas. The program will feature one day of contributed papers. We are soliciting oral presentations that discuss topics which center on preservation and culture of these landmarks. Topics include building/architecture, culture, relevancy, issues facing the halls, deterioration, developmental pressures, adaptive reuse, and royalties. To find out more information about becoming a speaker contact sarah_m_jackson@nps.gov.

Migratory laborers outside of a "juke joint" during a slack season, Belle Glade, Fla. Photographer: Marion Post Wolcott (Library of Congress)

Migratory laborers outside of a “juke joint” during a slack season, Belle Glade, Fla. Photographer: Marion Post Wolcott (Library of Congress)

An optional Dance Hall tour is planned for Saturday, December 2, 2017 leaving from Twin Sisters Dance Hall in Blanco, Texas. The 3rd Annual Festival of Texas Fiddling which will also be taking place December 2, 2017 at Twin Sisters Dance Hall.


Symposium Cost:

$50 Registration

$25 Student, Partner, Government


Texas Dance Hall Tour (Saturday):

$25 Dance Hall Tour


Hotel Room Block:

Coming Soon!


Conference Partners: National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, Friends of NCPTT, National Park Service, Texas Fiddling Festival, San Antonio Conservation Society, Center for Louisiana Studies, American Studies Program – Virginia Wesleyan University, Texas Dance Hall Preservation, Inc.

Refund Policy

Register NowSince workshops and symposia fill quickly, please sign up as early as possible. If you need to withdraw from an event, you must inform us in writing via email or fax. Cancellations more than 30 days prior to an event will be fully refunded. No refunds will be available for cancellations within 30 days of the event, so please take this into account when you sign up for the symposium.
In the unlikely event that NCPTT must cancel an event, you may choose to receive a full refund of the registration fee or a credit for a future NCPTT event.

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Sarah Marie Jackson
(318) 356-7444


Steves Homestead River House
107 King William Street, San Antonio, TX 78204 United States
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(210) 224-6163
https://www.saconservation.org/OurHistory/PropertiesPurchased/SocietyProperties/tabid/153/ArticleID/35/ArtMID/526/Steves-Homestead-River-House.aspxSteves Homestead River House
National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
645 University Parkway
Natchitoches, LA 71457

Email: ncptt[at]nps.gov
Phone: (318) 356-7444
Fax: (318) 356-9119