All Roads Lead to Praha: This tiny village in Fayette County is one of the state's oldest Czech communities. Not a lot of people live in Praha today, but as the size of the cemetery shows, a whole lot of people have roots there. Folks have been dancing in Praha since the mid-1800s. Here's a short history of the dance venues in Praha:
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.
About the images – most of these images are from the Roger Kolar collection as explained below. Others are from the McKee archives.
The community center/halls in this collection were built by organizations dedicating to assisting ethnic/religious groups and as a center for education, culture, family bonding, and entertainment. The following three groups were the primary leaders in the positive endeavor.
Western Swing music. “The secret was it had a good dance tempo, mmpah-mm-pah, a 2/4 rhythm. The thing that Milton said was ‘If I pattern my music and make it a good polka tempo out the songs I play, lay the polka tempo just a little bit harder, I think I’ll have a good band.’ When you boil it down, it was a good simple, polka beat.”---Leon “Pappy” Selph.