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Dance Cards, Tickets, & Programs

Sometime ago Cora Putnam saved some small pieces of paper that came into her possession, she saw the value in them.

These little programs, tickets, and Dance Cards were carefully saved by their owner, placed to one side after the event as momenetoes.

They give us a look into the last half of the 1800's in Houlton and what the citizens did for fun. 

Ladies Ball at Liberty Hall December 19

The Ladies' Ball

at Liberty Hall

December 19, 1867

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A dance card was used by a woman to record the names of the gentlemen with whom she intends to dance each successive dance at a formal ball.

It was typically a booklet with a decorative cover, listing dance titles, composers, and a spot for the person with whom the woman intended to dance to be penciled in.


Typically, it would have a cover indicating the sponsoring organization of the ball and a decorative cord by which it could be attached to a lady's wrist or ball gown.

Sometimes it would have a small pencil attached to it as well.

Ladies Ball at Liberty Hall December 19
Ladies Ball at Liberty Hall December 19
Masonic Ball A.jpg
Masonic Ball B.jpg
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The Calico Ball

at Liberty Hall

February 22, 1869

Liberty Hall Calico Ball February 22.jpg
Liberty Hall Calico Ball February 22 ins


The Ladies' Ball

at Liberty Hall

January 22, 1869

Liberty Hall January 24 1869.jpg
Liberty Hall January 24 1869 inside.jpg

A "Complementary" ticket to the

Ladies Ball

New Years Eve 1877

Ladies Grand Ball ticket New Years Eve 1

That 1877 one dollar ticket price is worth around

$25.00 today.

Frisbie's Hall was on the third floor of the Frisbie building below. At this time it was only 5 bays wide.

First 5 bays of the Fresbie Block.jpg

Grand Calico Ball


Frisbie's Hall 

May 1st 1876

Grand Calico Ball May 1 1876.jpg

A program from the 1st performance of

"An Old Maid's Success"

at the

Opera House

December 3, 1890

Opera House December 3 1890.jpg

Houlton's Opera House on Court Street

Supper ticket Masquerade February 22 187
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And we found some more

A Museum favorite the homemade

"Singing School" card with names. 

Sing School 1889.jpg

Another Masonic Ball dance card from 1868

but a different lady.

This must have been a popular dance. 

Masonic Ball front 1868.jpg
Masonic Ball interior 1868.jpg
Masonic Ball back 1868.jpg

1925 Piano Recital Program

Piano Recital 1925.jpg
Piano Recital 1925 inside.jpg

A Masonic Ball flyer from 1878

The $2.00 ticket is worth $52.00 in 2021 

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15th Annual Ball inside.jpg

1936 Dance Card Elks Ball

The Elks Ball was eagerly anticipated for years.

During the depression years it was probably a wonderful escape.

Elks Ball front 1936.jpg
Elks Ball interior 1936.jpg
Elks Ball back page.jpg
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