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Texas Folklife

Folk and Traditional Arts of Texas


Twin Sisters Dance Hall

"Mr. Max Kruger was responsible for building a dance hall and community center along with a bowling alley in 1869 that opened to the public in January 1870. These buildings were named The Twin Sister Hall and Bowling Alley. In 1967 the bowling alley burned to the ground and was later rebuilt in Spring Branch Texas. The Twin Sisters Dance Hall still serves to this day as a community center for weddings, family functions, fund raisers for charity, etc.

The Quebe Sisters Band | Texas Fiddling and Swing at The Library of Congress & Kennedy Center

Event Date: 
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 05:00
Event Category: 
Texas Folklife Event

The Quebe Sisters Band | Texas Fiddling and Swing
Homegrown Concertsfrom the Library of Congress, Co-sponsored by the American Folklife Center

Tejano-Conjunto-Norteño Convening

On October 2, 2010, Texas Folklifeand the Border Studies Club of South Texas College, Mid-Valley Campus, hosted a bi-national convening to examine the history and current state of Tejano Conjunto and Norteño music with an engaged group of musicians, scholars, cultural workers, media professionals and the public from both sides of the border.  The convening which was free and open to the public, reviewed the common history of these c

Star of Texas Folklife Recipients

The Star of Texas Folklife is an award, first given at our 25th Anniversary Gala, that acknowledges artists and ambassadors to the arts who have shown exemplary efforts toward the preservation of the folk arts of Texas.

Three award were given to Johnny Gimble, Santiago Jimenez, and Barbara Lynn in 2010. In 2014, at the 25th Anniversary of Accordion Kings & Queens, Mary Thomas became the fourth awardee.