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25th Neewollah

25th Neewollah
Creator: Neewollah, Inc.
Date: October 26-29, 1983
This program describes events at the 1983 Neewollah festival in Independence, Kansas. Neewollah is a celebration that began in 1919 with alternative activities for kids. Neewollah (Halloween spelled backwards) is the oldest and largest annual festival in Kansas. For 100 years, Independence has been celebrating with parades, queen's pageant, musical theatre productions, carnival, street acts, food vendors, and much, much more. It started out small, centered around parades held on October 31. Except for years of interruption in the mid-20th century, due to the Great Depression, World War II and lack of financial support, the festival has grown from a one-day celebration to a now nine-day festival. Digitization funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission through the Kansas State Historical Records Advisory Board.


Ana Rodriguez and Bob Ahrens in Topeka, Kansas

Ana Rodriguez and Bob Ahrens in Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1970s
This is a photograph of dancers Ana Rodriquez and Bob Ahrens in Topeka, Kansas.


Ana Rodriguez and Rosendo Rodriguez in Topeka, Kansas

Ana Rodriguez and Rosendo Rodriguez in Topeka, Kansas
Date: July 1983
This is a photograph of dancers Ana Rodriguez and Rosendo Rodriguez in Topeka, Kansas.


Ana Rodriguez, Joanna Arce, Mary Lou Rodriguez, Loysa Gutierrez at Fiesta, Topeka, Kansas

Ana Rodriguez, Joanna Arce, Mary Lou Rodriguez, Loysa Gutierrez at Fiesta, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1970s
This is a photograph of dancers Ana Rodriguez, Joanna Arce, Mary Lou Rodriguez, and Loysa Gutierrez at the Fiesta in Topeka, Kansas.


Anniversary Ball

Anniversary Ball
Date: May 20, 1859
The citizens of Lawrence, Kansas Territory, were giving this ball to benefit the fire department but the event was to be held on the anniversary of the destruction of the Free State Hotel on May 20, 1856. The event was to be held at the Eldridge House and music was provided by the Lawrence Quadrille Band.


Bailes Mestizos flyer, Topeka, Kansas

Bailes Mestizos flyer, Topeka, Kansas
Date: December 6, 1975
This is a poster for the Bailes Mestizos "Danza Folklorica" from Topeka, Kansas. The Mexican Fiesta Association presented this performance at the Garden City Community College Fine Arts Auditorium.


Bailes Mestizos program

Bailes Mestizos program
Date: 1970s
This is a program for the traditional Mexican dance group, Bailes Mestizos, under the direction of Emilio Rivas. The group was from Topeka, Kansas.


Bailes Mestizos program for a performance at White Concert Hall, Topeka, Kansas

Bailes Mestizos program for a performance at White Concert Hall, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1980s
This is a Bailes Mestizos program for their performance at White Concert Hall in Topeka, Kansas. Bailes Mestizos was a group who performed traditional Mexican dance.


Ballerina

Ballerina
Creator: Lawrence Studio
Date: Between 1900s and 1920s
This photograph from a glass plate negative shows F. Doane dressed up as a ballerina dancer.


Believe in the Magic Neewollah

Believe in the Magic Neewollah
Creator: Neewollah, Inc.
Date: October 22-30, 1994
This program describes events at the 1994 Neewollah festival in Independence, Kansas. Neewollah is a celebration that began in 1919 with alternative activities for kids. Neewollah (Halloween spelled backwards) is the oldest and largest annual festival in Kansas. For 100 years, Independence has been celebrating with parades, queen's pageant, musical theatre productions, carnival, street acts, food vendors, and much, much more. It started out small, centered around parades held on October 31. Except for years of interruption in the mid-20th century, due to the Great Depression, World War II and lack of financial support, the festival has grown from a one-day celebration to a now nine-day festival. Digitization funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission through the Kansas State Historical Records Advisory Board.


Benefit Ball

Benefit Ball
Date: May 21, 1858
This invitation was to a ball to be held on the anniversary of the destruction of the Free State Hotel. It was to celebrate the opening of the Eldridge House, Lawrence, Kansas Territory. Tickets cost $5.00 and the proceeds were to be used for furnshing the new hotel. Thirty nine men from 17 different communities were listed on the invitation.


Boy in regalia

Boy in regalia
Date: 1995
A Kickapoo boy dances in his regalia, which is based on traditions from the elders and also adds a contemporary take in the beaded Mickey Mouse patch on his sleeve. He learned beading from his grandmother, who had learned from her mother. His grandmother served as head woman dancer in pow wows.


Centennial parade, Salina, Kansas

Centennial parade, Salina, Kansas
Date: 1958
These four photographs show the centennial parade and pageant in Salina, Saline County, Kansas. The event celebrated the centennial founding of Salina as a city.


College of the Sisters of Bethany students, Topeka, Kansas

College of the Sisters of Bethany students, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: King, Ernest V., 1874-1964
Date: May 14, 1916
This is a photograph of Miss Marguerite Koontz's students rehearsing for the Sisters of Bethany College Alumnae May Fete. The performance took place in Central Park, Saturday, May 20, 1916. Georgia Neese, far left, was one of the older girls participating in the May Fete. The other participants were Elizabeth Hopkins, Margaret Ray, Jessie Burnett, Helen Lucus, Joanna Gleed, Beatrice Shakeshaft and one unidentified girl.


Community Spirit: The Heart of Neewollah

Community Spirit: The Heart of Neewollah
Creator: Neewollah, Inc.
Date: October 20-October 28, 1989
This program describes events at the 1989 Neewollah festival in Independence, Kansas. Neewollah is a celebration that began in 1919 with alternative activities for kids. Neewollah (Halloween spelled backwards) is the oldest and largest annual festival in Kansas. For 100 years, Independence has been celebrating with parades, queen's pageant, musical theatre productions, carnival, street acts, food vendors, and much, much more. It started out small, centered around parades held on October 31. Except for years of interruption in the mid-20th century, due to the Great Depression, World War II and lack of financial support, the festival has grown from a one-day celebration to a now nine-day festival. Digitization funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission through the Kansas State Historical Records Advisory Board.


Cordts sisters

Cordts sisters
Date: 1930s
A poster announcing the Cordts Sisters Big Indoor Circus.


Cotillon Party

Cotillon Party
This invitation was for a party to be held at William Chestnut's house in Osawatomie, Kansas Territory on December 30, 1858


Czech dancing group, Rossville, Kansas

Czech dancing group, Rossville, Kansas
Date: 1920-1940
A photograph of a Czech dancing group. Left to right are Georgianna (Olejnik) Davis, Millie (Kovar) Badura, Josephine (Olejnik) Pressgrove, Florence (Macha) Tuller, Letha (Kovar) Olejnik, Lydia (Penaz) Scott, Viola (Kovar) Gideon, Jarmilla (Mitcha) Kovar, and Mrs. Frank Kratrina. This photograph is provided through a pilot project to host unique cultural heritage materials from local libraries on Kansas Memory and was accomplished by mutual agreement between the Northeast Kansas Library System, the Rossville Community Library, and the Kansas Historical Society.


Dance at McCarty's skating rink in Dodge City, Kansas

Dance at McCarty's skating rink in Dodge City, Kansas
Date: 1891
This is a photograph showing a dance at Dr. Thomas McCarty's skating rink in Dodge City, Kansas. Dr. McCarty's roller rink opened in 1885 and also served as an opera house.


Dance hall and ring, Pottawatomie Indian reservation

Dance hall and ring, Pottawatomie Indian reservation
Date: Between 1890 and 1920
This is a photograph of the dance hall and ring, Pottawatomie Indian Reservation, Jackson County, Kansas.


Dancers Ana Rodriguez, Loysa Gutierrez, and Joanna Arce in Topeka, Kansas

Dancers Ana Rodriguez, Loysa Gutierrez, and Joanna Arce in Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1970s
This is a photograph of dancers Ana Rodriguez, Loysa Gutierrez, and Joanna Arce in Topeka, Kansas.


Dancers and musicians, Abbott's Hall, De Soto, Kansas

Dancers and musicians, Abbott's Hall, De Soto, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1920
This photograph shows a group portrait of dancers and musicians in Abbot's Hall in De Soto, Kansas. Built in 1865 by Major James B. Abbott, Abbott's Hall it was located at 83rd street and Peoria in De Soto, Kansas.


Dancers at Fiesta in Topeka, Kansas

Dancers at Fiesta in Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1980s
This is a photograph of dancers Mary Lou Escobar, Emilio Rivas, Ana Rodriguez and Patrick Gutierrez at the Fiesta in Topeka, Kansas


Dancers in Topeka, Kansas

Dancers in Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1980s
This is a photograph of dancers Emilio Rivas, Loysa Gutierrez, Patrick Gutierrez, Joanna Arce, Rosinda Rodriguez, and Ana Rodriguez in Topeka, Kansas


Dancing at a recreation center, Leavenworth, Kansas

Dancing at a recreation center, Leavenworth, Kansas
Creator: United States. Works Progress Administration
Date: Between 1935 and 1943
These people are dancing at a recreation center for servicemen and factory workers, Leavenworth, Kansas. The recreation center was part of the Works Progress Administration projects.


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