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Catalog Number 13346-5
Title Dress; Square Dancing, Green and Pink Floral, Lincoln Cowboy Dancers, ca. 1990s
Object Name Dress
Description Handmade dress with a dark green satin Peter Pan collar and inverted "V" waistband and ties. Made of off-white cotton with a vertical green and pink floral vine and stripe pattern. Hook and eye closures on the sleeve cuffs. Full, heavily gathered calf-length skirt. Side zipper. Front button bodice closure.
Year Range from 1990
Year Range to 2000
Material Cotton/Satin/Thread/Metal/Plastic
Place of Origin USA: Nebraska (Lancaster), Lincoln
Used USA: Nebraska (Lancaster), Lincoln
Length (in) 54
Width (in) 14.5
Search Terms Lincoln Council of Square and Round Dance Clubs
Lincoln Cowboy Dancers
History This dress was worn for performances by the Lincoln Cowboy Dancers, a group organized by Kevin Study in Lincoln in the 1990s. Photos show the dress being worn by Ruth Tenopir. Ruth made a lot of the costumes for the group. Jerry Wright was the caller for the group. Bill Spidel was also a caller. His wife (Tau), Phyllis Spidel, was also involved. Dancers included Dennis Clare, Mary Truax, Kevin Mackey, Kevin Study, Melanie Shipman, Roger Schmidt, Bill Sack, Diane Doval Kraus, Larry Miller, and Tina Wright. In 1996, they performed at the Kansas State Convention in Salina. The group disbanded in the late 1990s.

The Lincoln Cowboy Dancers were highly influenced by Lloyd "Pappy" Shaw. They dressed in older style square dancing costumes, and performed some of Pappy Shaw's more traditional square dances. Generally credited with bringing about the revival of square dancing in the United States after WWII, Dr. Lloyd "Pappy" Shaw studied and compiled different dances from around the country. He formed the Cheyenne Mountain Dancers (sometimes called the Pappy Shaw Dancers), a high school exhibition team that toured the country between 1939 and 1951. Shaw also ran a summer workshop program that taught square dance callers.
Credit line Lincoln Council of Square and Round Dance Clubs, Lincoln, NE
Collection Lincoln Council of Square and Round Dance Clubs
Notes on Related Objects For more information see RG5968: Lincoln Council of Square and Round Dance Clubs in the NSHS archives. The archives and library also have materials related to Lloyd "Pappy" Shaw.

See Photo in folder 1986-1990 showing Ruth Tenopir wearing dress.
People identified in photo:
Front (L to R): Kevin Study, Loma Sack, Ruth Tenopir, Dennis Clare.
Back: (L to R): Bill Sack, Melanie Shipman, Phyllis Spidel (Tau), Bill Spidel (Caller), Diane Doval Kraus, Larry Miller.
Most, if not all of these dancers were in the Lincoln square dance club, Chicks and Chasers.