Polka Symposium Schulenburg, TX 2014 Audio [1]

On February 22nd, 2014, Texas Folklife and Texas Dancehall Preservation [3] presented a polka symposium and festival [4] at Senglemann Hall in Schulenburg, Texas, sponsored by Humanities Texas [5]. 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