Heritage, 2010, Volume 4 Page: 21
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entertainment. For more than 100 years,
the wooden dance floors of these places
continue to be where couples meet and
where grandparents teach their grand-
children the polka or two-step. Young
musicians are eager to play in these his-
toric venues and follow in the footsteps of
the older musicians who have told them
their stories. That history draws them in,
but once they play a dance hall, they un-
derstand what a unique experience it is.
While it is important to save this state's
courthouses, lighthouses, and other his-
torical landmarks, Patrick Sparks and I
have said many times that there is noth-
ing more Texan than a Texas dance hall.
We believe it's time for these historic land-
marks to be recognized and respected for
their contribution to this state's history. *
Pamela Murtha is the assistant editor of
HERITAGE* Volume 4 2010
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