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

Art Schultz married Pearl Smith in 1950 after his discharge from Valley Forge General Hospital. Pearl was stationed as a nurse's aide serving in the Women's Army Corps at Valley Forge.

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From the Rose Marie Crow collection

Rose Marie and Willard Crow on their wedding day in the late 1930s. They met at a "mixer" on the University of Washington campus around 1935, where they danced all night together. Rose Marie tells the story of meeting her husband in her transcribed…