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Tom Sefcik Hall in Seaton, Texas, holds a very special place in my heart. Built in 1923 by Tom and Terezie (Theresa) “Tracy” Šefčík, the hall will mark its 100 anniversary in 2023, and that’s a milestone that many will be eager to celebrate.
Ammannsville KJT Society No. 4: This hall, with its curvy architecture, still stands today in the tiny village of Ammannsville in Fayette County, Texas. St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Ammannsville holds its picnic here every year on Father's Day. The photographs above and to the right were taken by Roger Kolar in 1975. The image below shows the hall as it appeared in 2021. Here's some history of the dancehalls in Ammannsville:
These halls are no longer with us and have disappeared from storms, fire, and negligence. There are many more that have been stricken from the roles of a great place to go.
Fayetteville SPJST #1: The hall was dedicated in 1910. The photograph below, left, was taken at the dedication ceremony. This hall was not the first, but a hall built for the first SPJST Lodge in the town where the organization was founded. The hall was refurbished in 2021-2022, with assistance from Texas Dance Hall Preservation and available for rent. The hall was also referred to as Shady Grove. The 1975 image (above, left) shows Mr. Kolar’s daughter, Susan, in the foreground.