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Square Dance History display panels

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Square Dance History display panels


The panels in this set trace the history of square dancing over some 500 years, going back to early origins in England and France. They were assembled by Dick Severance, an early president of the Square Dance Foundation of New England (SDFNE). For more than two decades Dick was an active custodian of the Foundation’s collection of historical material. In 2008 he created the first 52 of these historical panels using material from the collection. The panels include actual documents and pictures as well as selections from books and periodicals.

The first set was displayed at the New England Square Dance Convention in 2008. The full set, now 55 panels, is at the University of New Hampshire Dimond Library, part of Special Collections there. They were shown at the National Square Dance Convention in Springfield, MA in 2015 where they attracted considerable attention. They are now available for viewing on the SDFNE web site at

The current slideshow on the SDFNE website can give the viewer an overall sense of the range of this project. For better viewing, individual photos can be downloaded and enlarged. The Square Dance History Project is hoping to work with UNH to make available the set of panels in high resolution so that the contents can be more easily studied by online viewers.


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