From American Indian dances to the Virginia Reel to a sock hop—it’s all part of Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area. Historic and cultural dances are alive and well in the heritage area. Historic sites like Grinter Place State Historic Site and Missouri Town 1855 will often have demonstrations and sometimes instructions in dances popular in the 1850s and 1860s during special events and school groups. The triennial Humboldt’s Civil War Days includes a Civil War era dance, complete with a caller.
Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site transports us to a different century of dance—the 1950s. Brown v. Board sponsors a Sock Hop annually at the historic Monroe School.
Keep an eye out for a special event in October 2016. Fort Scott National Historic Site is planning to host Native Neighbors of Freedom’s Frontier. This event began in Ottawa, Kansas, with the Franklin County Historical Society. The event featured American Indians who once called Freedom’s Frontier home, including the immigrant tribes who were relocated to Kansas when it was Indian Territory. Native Neighbors of Freedom’s Frontier showcases American Indian culture, including dancing demonstrations.
So join us in getting our grooves on in 2016!
Want to shake your groove thing in another National Heritage Area? Check out the Cajun music, Zydeco, blues, country, boogie woogie, rock and roll, and rockabilly that keeps the residents of Atchafalaya National Heritage Area on the dance floor. You can also visit the home of one of the earliest barn dance radio shows in the United States at Wheeling National Heritage Area.