The 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
$25 Student, Partner, Government
Texas Dance Hall Tour (Saturday):
$25 Dance Hall Tour
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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.