Each month, the Courier-Post takes a look at items and their back stories not often seen by the public from the archives of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum.

Holiday dances were popular in the 1800s. Hannibal newspapers back into the 1840s advertise dances or balls in December and January.

 The Mark Twain Museum has a dance card for such an event held January 1, 1874. The featured entertainment was “J. R.”. The small cardboard folder had listed eighteen dances for the evening. The style of music for each was listed with space for the young lady to write in the name of the gentleman who was to accompany her for that dance. All 18 dances listed partners.

 The dance styles included: Grand March, Quadrille, Polka, Monnie Musk, Virginia Reel, Portland Fancy, Waltz, Sicilian Circle, Tempest, Schottische, and Fireman’s Dance.

 The Committee of Arrangements consisted of: Edward Drescher, Ed. H. Skinner, Geo. Munson, Geo. Dulany, and W. H. Drescher.