Our next meeting will be July20, 2021. (No June meeting.)

We are grateful to Steph McDougal (McDoux Preservation, LLC), who filled in at the last minute to present the May program on behalf of Casey Jordan, Executive Director of Texas Dance Hall Preservation, Inc. The program was on

The German Dance Halls of Texas; Their Roots and Lasting Influence.

Texas dance halls are as diverse Texas itself, and can be found throughout the state. The story of Texas is embedded in the floors, walls, music and people found in these unique and iconic buildings. Texas once had 1000 dance halls; today only 400 remain, almost half of which were built by German immigrants. We will go over a brief history of German dance halls, and take a look at photos of some that remain.

Casey Jordan joined TDHP as executive director in February 2020. Casey graduated from the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture with a Master of Science in Historic Preservation in 2009. She has worked on preservation projects that include President Lincoln’s Cottage, historic Texas cemeteries, the Texas Governor’s Mansion, and the Alamo, as well as several projects for Texas Parks and Wildlife. Before her career in preservation, she worked in non-profit art centers as an education director. Raised in an Air Force family, Casey has lived all over the country but counts Texas as her home. When she’s not working to help dance halls, she spends time with her husband, three daughters, and two step-kids.

Wondering what our programs are like? View the list of speakers and topics we've had since 2006.

When conditions allow, the next regular meeting will be held on our usual schedule, the third Tuesday of the month at 7pm at Santa Rita Cantina's central location, 1206 W 38th St (26 Doors shopping center). Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month, except June and December. They are free and open to the public. For those who wish to come early, we gather around 5:45 PM for dinner, drinks, and fellowship. The short business meeting starts at 7:00 PM, followed by the guest speaker's presentation.


No in-person events are planned at this time. Check our Facebook page or join our mailing list for information on virtual meetings and online resources.