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BOOKS: Over 1285 books describing the many different dance styles, including Folk Dance, Eastern Square Dance aka Traditional, Modern American Western Square Dance, Round dance, and Line Dance, make up the nucleus of the library.
MAGAZINES: 6780 National and State Folk, Traditional, and Modern Square Dance publications are on file. It is the most complete collection in existence.
NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS: Historical print material records past and current dance programs. Includes promotions to help communities and health research organizations; public service awards to individuals; and other notable events.
MUSIC RECORDS: 30,000 square and round dance records (in sizes 78 – 45 – 33 1/3 rpm), and vintage albums are on display.
VIDEOS & CD’S: Present both a visual and audio history of Dance festivals, Dance Camps, Dance Conventions, Square Dance Fashion Shows, and Special Dances.
SOUND EQUIPMENT:    Vintage square dance caller equipment from a megaphone to the highly specialized electronic microphones and sound systems.
DANCE CHOREOGRAPHY: Choreography notebooks, square dance caller schools syllabi, and innovative modern choreography are abundant.
PHOTOS: An extensive collection features Callers, Cuers, Dance Leaders, and Clubs from all the New England States.
ARTWORK: Oil Paintings, Watercolors, Lithographs, sculpture, felt banners, fabric banners, needlework (all pertaining to dance) augment the collections.
DANCE COSTUMES: A vintage collection (1940’s – 1950’s) and a current dance costume collection (1960’s – 2011) for men, women, teens and children is the most extensive or any known in the U.S.A. Many New England dancers made their own dance costumes. Others purchased their dance costumes from dance clothing manufacturers in different states. There is a collection of square dance patterns for those knowledgeable in the art of sewing.
DANCE ACCESSORIES: (1940’S – 2011) The changing styles for both men & women through the decades were accompanied by different dance accessories. Dance conventions and dance celebrations have their own unique accessories.
HISTORICAL DISPLAY BOARDS: This is a time line tracing the most complete history of the square dance historical evolution.
New England Square & Round Dance Convention materials from 1959 to 2010, 51 years.
New England Square & Round Dance Convention banners from 1977 to 2012.
Club Traveling banners from 350 clubs.
Photo/scrapbooks from 168 clubs.


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We welcome the donation of any dance related collectible item from any source. All such donations are acknowledged in writing. The Library/Museum Committee has full control and authority over the collection. The Committee is responsible for the organization, display, record keeping, disposition, and storage of materials.





Took place in Portland, Maine in April 1976, at the 17th New England Square and Round Dance Convention.  With a natural incentive to bring part of the original 13 colonies, and many dancers direct descendants of colonists, a four day celebration featuring contemporary squares and rounds with pageant performance and a costume ball.  The dancing had a New England flavor since the time of the Declaration of Independence through the early 1900’s.  There were almost 700 fully costumed dancers.  The program began with a bell ringing town crier, introduction of the master of ceremonies and a grand march.    It was an evening resembling George Washington’s time with quadrilles and contras.  Lovely ladies in full hoop skirts and gentlemen in powdered wigs, three cornered hats, velvet jackets, knee breeches and buckled shoes.  Veronica’s Vagabonds of Boston, Massachusetts presented a program from John Playford’s book of 1961.  Other programs included a representation of the people of the colonies with the Seacoast Region Square Dancers doing two contras, the Heel & Toe of Merrimack, New Hampshire with a Grand Windmill from early Lancers, The Country Cousins of Dedham, Maine doing a faithful reproduction of an 1865 Kitchen Junket, then came Riverside, Rhode Island recreation of Loomis Lancers and a group from Springfield, Vermont and Walpole, New Hampshire with an 1880 contra including Portland Fancy.  The final presentation was the Rhode Island Teachers Association with a Schottische, Mazurka and Waltz Quadrille.  All portrayed the rich heritage of dance that existed in New England.


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