Voices of the Jazz Era Ballroom

Voices of the Jazz Era Ballroom is a grassroots, web-based oral history project devoted to preserving and passing on the memory of dance in the Jazz era through the lives and words of everyday people. This is your story—please contribute by talking with a parent or grandparent, neighbor, or friend and explore the archive to see how others have shared their stories.

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From the Art Schultz collection

A group of wounded soldiers who had been receiving treatment at Valley Forge General Hospital in the mid-1940's pose with members of the Salvation Army for a live broadcast of country and western swing performed by the men. Art Schultz is seated…

From the Art Schultz collection

Valley Forge General hospital opened in 1943 to receive thousands of war-wounded returning from Europe. It had over a hundred buildings and a network of underground tunnels, it's own police and fire departments, and extensive recreational facilities.…