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The Last Place to Polka

Aug 19, 2015 | 831 videos
Video by Annie Silverstein

In the late 1800s, tens of thousands of Czech immigrants settled farmland in central Texas, and brought with them the tradition of the community dance hall. Annie Silverstein's short documentary takes us to Sefcik Hall, one of the last true Czech dance halls in the state. Every Sunday, the old-timers still come to polka, find romance, and mourn loved ones. "The thing I miss the most is I will never get to polka again like I did with Arthur," says Janis Merritt, who used to dance every weekend with her husband—his grave is now only a hundred yards from the hall. "Hopefully he can hear the music when they're playing loudly."

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