On February 22nd, 2014, Texas Folklife and Texas Dancehall Preservation presented a polka symposium and festival at Senglemann Hall in Schulenburg, Texas, sponsored by Humanities Texas. Please find the schedule and audio recordings of symposium proceedings below. Stay tuned for summaries and complete transcriptions of all audio recordings.
10:00 AM – Texas Dance Hall History & Architecture by Patrick Sparks, Stephen Dean, co-founders of TDHP, and architect David Bucek
11:00 AM – Czech and German Food traditions presented by Dawn Orsak and Lori Najvar of PolkaWorks, with Connie Krause and Dorothy Rother
1:00 PM – Polka Music History by Dr. John Novak, Frances Barton and Theresa Parker
3:00 PM – Folk and social polka dancing in Texas by Rachel Murray, Thomas Salas and Valina Polka
4:00 PM – Sustaining polka music in Texas by Mark Halata, Frank Motley, and Dr. Dan Margolies