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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.




October, 2015
Bicentennial Pageant Participants
17th New England Square & Round Dance Convention
1.  Veronica's Vagabonds, Boston, Massachusetts
	Leader:  Veronica McClure, Watertown, Massacussetts
	Dances:  New Castle, John Playford Book, 1651;
	Tomlinson Minuet; 1735 Circle Minuet, 1790;
	Gavotte pour les Fleurs, modern adaption.
	Choreography by Marjorie Medland, Costumes 1760-1780's.
2.  Seacoast Region Square Dance Association, Dover, New Hampshire.
	Leader:  Joe & Phyllis Casey, Dover, New Hampshire
	Dances:  Ways of the World (Contra) 1795;
	My Hearts Desire (Contra) 1809.
	Costumes 1795-1810.
3.  Heel and Toe Square Dancers, Merrimack, New Hampshire
	Leader:  Tom & Gretchen Noonan, Londonderry, New Hampshire
	Dances:  British Sorrow (Contra) 1807;
	Kiss Your Granny, Doubtful Sheppard (Contra) 1808;
	One Lancer Figure Grand Windmill.
4.  Country Cousins, Dedham, Maine
	Leader:  Hillie & Elizabeth Bailey, Lucerne, Maine
	Kitchen Junket Dances:  Welcome Dance; Virginia Reel;
	Schottische;  Basket Quadrille; Petronella (Contra).
	Kitchen Junket started to become popular about 1865.
	Costumes 1865.
5.  Rhody Merrymakers, Riverside, Rhode Island
	Leader:  Dick Leger, Bristol, Rhode Island
	Dance:  Loomis Lancers, Choreography by local dance
	teacher about 1850.  Traditional dance in Rhode Island
	for over 75 years.  Costumes 1880-1890.
6.	Precision Valley Squares, Springfield, Vermont
            and Pieces of Eight, Walpole, New Hampshire.
	Leader:  Ken Ringland, Keene, New Hampshire.
	Dances:  Hulls Victory 1820-1830; Portland Fancy 0890;
		Chorus Jig 1840; Costumes 1890-1910
7.  Rhode Island Teachers Association
	Leader:  Tom & Joyce Riding, Cumberland, Rhode Island
		assisted by Tom & Micki Vine and 
		Charlie & Bernice Steinmetz.
		Dances:  Schottishe-Mazurka 1780;
		Waltz Quadrille 1850, Modern Interpretation
		Costumes Informal



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