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Thursday, October 17, 2013

SQUARE DANCING IN THE VALLEY 1959

CHERISHING OUR VALLEY                         2013

Square dancing has been part of San Fernando Valley since the arrival of farmers from the mid-West around 1890. Rugs were rolled up, lemonade made and a "caller" selected along with some sort of band. Over the years square dancing became organized with formal clubs established and schedules created. 
This large group, called the Saddle-ites ghave themselves their name from the first days of the exploration of space. Tied to the days of horses and buggies, the Saddleites of Canoga Park celebrated the arrival of a new frontier for humankind.

Saddleites - Canoga Park 1959.  Photograph gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Tammy Bain, Littleton, Colorado  2013  (click on image to enlarge it.)

 Saddleites - Canoga Park 1959.  Photograph gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Tammy Bain, Littleton, Colorado  2013  (click on image to enlarge it.)

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