Folk & Square Dance Federation of Washington

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The Square and Folk Dance Heritage Center of Washington
7424 N. Freya Spokane, WA 99217 (Map)

Heritage Center Trustees | Heritage Center Donation Forms
Heritage Center tri-fold brochure

The Heritage Center is a Museum & Research Center.

It maintains historical records and memorabilia for the Square & Folk Dance Federation of Washington State gathered by members of the State Federation since its beginning in 1948. It is dedicated to the documentation and preservation of the history of Square Dance and five related cultural dance forms; These are Round, Contra, Line, Heritage and Clogging.

The Heritage Center was started in September 1979 with a portion of the profits from the 1979 State Festival presented by its host Mt. Baker Council. Other funding sources since then have been Memorial donations, Cash contributions from individuals, Festivals and Federation funds.

Items have been donated by groups and Individuals throughout its existence.

Finding a location for Heritage Center required the services of many dedicated people. For three years, the Federation Past President's organization looked for a centrally located space in museums, colleges, square dance halls, and even a trailer to house and display the historical items.

The Shuffler's Shanty in Kennewick was ultimately chosen because it was dancer owned and managed. Even then the existence of the center took the dedicated efforts of many organizations and persons who have devoted considerable time, labor, expertise and financial considerations to its being.

Due to space limitations, the Heritage Center was moved in 2004 to is current location at the North Spokane Dance Center in Spokane, WA.

The Heritage Center is governed by a board of trustees, four "At large Dancers" and four "Past State Federation presidents", along with representatives from each of the current Federation Councils.

It is a place for you, the dancer to appreciate, reminisce and recall the delights of our National Pastime.

What can one expect to find in our Heritage Center?

• The History of the Washington Square & Folk Dance Federation, its current and disbanded Councils and Clubs.
• All Square & Folk Dance Federation Meeting minutes.
• The State Federation magazines "FOOTNOTES" which was started in 1950, State Federation Directories, which is listing all Federated Dance Clubs since 1948.
• State Education & Leadership Seminar materials - including transcripts, booklets, pins, fact sheets of proceedings since inception in 1969.
• Other publications including State Festival programs and final reports, since 1949.
• State Federation Scrapbooks - began in 1948 - include photos, articles, flyers, clippings and other memorabilia.


• Parker, MacGregor, Presidents awards. (Recognition Award given once a year to individuals)
• Honor roles & commemorative plaques honoring state and local leaders, deceased members and contributors to the center.
• Each of the active Councils has a large glass enclosed display case in which to show their own unique historical documents and memorabilia.
• Badges of past and present Clubs, Councils, State Festivals and State hosted National Conventions.
• Some examples of dance attire, festival dress and National apparel.
• Equipment - old P.A. sets, players, and related items.
• Promotional material, trophies & pins

You can visit the Heritage Center during any dance at the NSDC Hall. The Presidents of each club that dances at that hall can provide access to the Heritage Center. Or, you can contact any of the Heritage Center Trustees listed below if you wish to visit the Heritage Center.

Thank you!

Heritage Center Trustees

Mount Baker Council
Vice Chairman
Karen & Dave Reichardt (2023) Dancer at Large
Spokane Area Council
Bev & Gordon Mustard (2022) Dancer at Large
Spokane Area Council
Committee Members
Aileen & Kappie Kappenman (2020)
Dancer at Large
Central Puget Sound Council
Mount Baker Council
Peninsula Council
Peninsula Area Council
Shirley Spain (2021) Dancer at Large
Sou'wester Councill

Heritage Center Donation Forms

Memorial Donation Form
Use this form for a donation in memory of a former dancer.

Please complete the form to the best of your knowledge and attach a short story of their life' participation in dance activities and other information. If available, please include the newspaper obituary and/or a picture, if available. Information of where to send the form and make out the check is on the form.

Acknowledgement will be sent to the Honoree's Family, assuming information is provided on the form.

The name of the person honored will be placed on a brass plate and added to the Memorial Board in the Heritage Center.

Financial Contribution Form Use this form if you want to donate money directly to
the Heritage Center in your name or the name of a person you wish to honor.
Please complete this form and attach a recommended donation of $25. Information of where to send the form and make out the check is on the form.

Acknowledgement will be sent to the Contributor and/or the person you wish to honor.
The name of the person honored will be engraved on a plaque and posted in the Heritage Center.

Object Donation Form Use this form if you wish to donate an item to the Heritage Center
Please contact the Heritage Center Secretary as listed on the State Website before bringing the item(s) to the Heritage Center at above address.
You may also mail the item to: SFDFW Heritage Center - 816 W Francis Ave #343, Spokane WA 99205

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