Roots & History
There are lots of resources in the world for those curious about the way we were. Old publications, old recordings, posters - all sorts of printed and recorded materials. And old timers are good for hours of conversation. Here you will find an article written by David Millstone who is a tremendous offline source of historical lore.
Having been briefly involved in the running of the Brattleboro Dawn Dances, I was also given permission by Michael McKernan to reproduce an article he wrote for his Contra & Square Dance History quarterly. I used to have every issue, but they seem to have gotten lost someplace during some move. Michael had some terrific articles in that journal and I would love to find them someday.
I was pleased to see that the link to Julie Mangen's Fabricating a National Folk Dance is still a working link. It's a good one, go visit.
More resources for those interested in the history of contra/square dance: