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Tag Archives: Dances
Who speaks for a Calico Ball?
What is a Calico Ball you ask? I did too when I came across this in a May 1883 local newspaper. Turns out, a Calico Ball (alternately referred to as a Calico Dance or Party) stems from an 1855 New … Continue reading
Posted in Local History Tagged Burlington (Iowa), Calico Ball, Dances, Davenport (Iowa), Eldridge Hall, Liberty Hall, Turner Hall Leave a comment
The Skelley Girls
In the early 1920s, two daughters of Mr. and Mrs. James Apollinaris Skelley twirled onto the stage. Ann and Monica, the youngest of the Skelley family, delighted in dancing and performing for the local community. The Skelley family was not … Continue reading
Posted in Local History Tagged 1920s, Ann Skelley, Charleston Dance, Dances, Monica Skelley, Rock Island Arsenal Leave a comment
Summertime Fun in Davenport, 1918
In planning this week’s blog we thought of two possibl topics: the start of summer (June 21st) and what was happening here in Davenport and the Quad Cities a hundred years ago. Both ideas came together when we found some … Continue reading
Leap Year: When Ladies Ruled the Dance Floor
Happy Leap Year! As February 29, 2012 arrives, most of us will only give it a passing thought. Others, like Leap Year babies, will be able to blow out birthday candles on their actual birthday. Maybe even a few adventurous … Continue reading