An active, old-fashioned form of entertainment will liven up the museum Saturday, Feb. 20, when square dance caller and instructor Lucky Kochenower puts dancers through their paces.
Square dancing is considered an American folk tradition. It’s Nebraska’s official state American folk dance, in fact. (At least 24 states recognize the dance in a similar way.)
The cultural influences on North American square dancing extend back many generations and have their roots in European folk dances. Square dance enthusiasts and historians are undertaking efforts to document the history of this folk tradition.
At Legacy of the Plains, visitors are invited to watch or participate in the traditional folk dance event, which will run from 2 to 4 p.m. There will be four-couple square dancing as well as demonstration of round dancing with multiple dance couples. Various varieties of pie will be available of visitors to enjoy as well.
The entry fee of $3 helps support museum operations. Freewill offerings will be accepted in exchange for pie.
Square dance image credit: Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2574373