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Dancing the night away in the “social city”

A Lecture by Janet Allestad.

In this presentation Janet Allestad will be provide a brief history of dances, balls, soirees and hops that contributed to Virginia City, Montana Territory being nicknamed the “social city” of the west during the mid 1860’s. Excerpts from Montana Post articles, diaries and written historical materials will give a sense of what it might have been like to live and enjoy being in a town teeming with gold seekers, merchants and families bringing their traditions from the “states”

The discussion will also include the appropriate ball gown, accessories, manners and etiquette that would lead a lady to become the “belle of the ball” instead of a wall flower. There will be some examples to be observed by attendees with a question and answer session at the end of the presentation. Anyone with experiences at the Virginia City Grand Victorian Balls, “ A Step Back in Time,” will be encouraged to share with the group pictures or antidotes.

Janet Allestad grew up in West Virginia near the Mason-Dixon line, which was used to divide the new state from Virginia at the beginning of the Civil War; hence, the beginnings of an avid interest in history. She attended West Virginia University obtaining a BS and a Master’s Degree in Ed.

After a varied career, Janet moved to Virginia City and became immersed in the history and life style of the area. During this time, she became involved in local and state organizations such as the Virginia City Preservation Alliance, Historic Preservation Advisory Committee for Virginia City, Montana Historical Society, Montana Ghost Town Preservation Society, and the Bannack Association.

Please note this event is held in the beautifully restored cabin of Frank Bird Linderman; on the grounds of the historic Robber’s Roost just North of Laurin, MT.