Organizing a ballroom dance in 1956 with Springfield Junior Assembly

In this photo, members of the Springfield Junior Assembly prepare for the Southwest Missouri Museum Associates’ annual benefit show, “Tops In Town.”

Pictured are Harriet Heer, Carolyn Phillips, Marilyn Goodnight, Becky Curtis, Mary Jo Marshall, Anne Elsey, Sue Todd, Diana Ryker, Suzanne Wann, Sally Hogg, Judy Campbell, Donna Ryker, Jane Canedy, Ann Morrison, Marjorie Fritts, Joan Lewis. and Annette Johnston.

The Junior Assembly was organized by a group of mothers who wanted to give children the opportunity to learn ballroom dancing and social conduct. Junior Assembly students learned traditional and popular partner dances and line dances. This group partnered with Southwest Missouri Museum Associates for an event.

Today, the Junior Assembly has been helping students through social manners and contemporary etiquette training for almost 80 years. Published in Leader & Press on February 10, 1956.

This image is part of a much larger collection of historically rich photographs from the News-Leader photo archives. Each week, the Springfield-Greene County Library will mine this extensive collection, showcase an interesting “darkroom” image, and share its history. This image is presented in partnership between the Springfield-Greene County Library District and the Springfield News-Leader. For more historical images of the Ozarks, visit:

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