Heritage Center

Photo Tour 

The Heritage Center of the Square and Folk Dance Federation of Washington is the official storehouse, research center and showcase of historical record, musical materials, artifacts and other memorabilia gathered by the State Federation since its beginning in 1948.

 It is dedicated to the documentation and preservation of the history of the Square Dance and six related cultural dance forms; square, round, clogging, contra, line and heritage dances in Washington state. 

The Heritage Center was begun in September 1979 with a portion of the profits from the 1979 State Festival presented by its host Mt. Baker Council. Other funding sources have been memorial donations, cash contributions form individuals, festivals and federation funds. Individuals and groups have made material donations of records, books and many other memorabilia.

Finding a location for Heritage Center required the services of many dedicated people. For three years, the Federation Past President’s organization looked for centrally located space in museums, colleges, square dance halls, square dance ranch, and even a trailer to house and display historical items. 

The Heritage Center is currently housed in the North Spokane Dance Center. When you visit Spokane you can enter the heritage center any time the hall is open. For access at other times, contact Gary Prewitt (509)991-1689.

The Heritage Center is governed by a board of trustees, four at large dancers and four Past State Federation presidents, along with representatives from each of the 12 Federation Councils and past and Present State Federation historians. It is a place for you, the dancer to appreciate, reminisce and recall the delights of our National Pastime.

What can one expect to find in our Heritage Center?

• History of the Washington State Federation, its Councils and member clubs (current and disbanded). Some histories are still being researched and updated. 

• A musical collection of 33’s, 45’s, and 78’s, long play and stereo, discs, tapes and albums that provide a source of musical history of Round and Square Dancing.

• State Federation printed records – complete sets by year kept of financial, federation minutes, officer files and correspondence.

• State Federation magazines "Footnotes" since 1950, State Federation Directory – listing all Federated Dance Clubs since 1948.

• State Seminar materials – including transcripts, booklets, pins, fact sheets of proceedings since inception in 1969.

• Other publications including State Festival programs and final reports, since 1949.
State Federation Scrapbooks – began in 1948 – include photos, articles, flyers, clippings and other memorabilia.

• Displays:
~ Parker, MacGregor, Presidents awards.

~ Honor roles and commemorative plaques honoring state and local leaders, deceased members and contributors to the center.

~ Badges of past and present clubs, council and national insignia.http://squaredancehistory.com/

~ Banners, flags and pennants (old and new) of National Conventions, State 
         Federation, and Far Western, council and club festivals.

~ Equipment – old P.A. sets, players, and related items.

~ Promotional material – trophies, pins, miscellaneous medals, prizes.

When looking at our heritage and history we need to see it in conjunction with our national history. SQUARE DANCE HISTORY PROJECT is the site for those interested in our past. The rich story of North American Square Dance finally has a home in the digital age

Mailing Address - SFDFW Heritage Center
                              816 West Francis #343
                              Spokane WA 99205

This is a secure post box where checks can be mailed safely. 

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