May 30, 1861 The Columbia Times newpaper

of the Columbia Terpsichorean Society will take place on the 4th of July - at their splendid Hall (Late Cardinell's) Washington Street. The Hall will be magnificently decorated and brilliantly illuminated.
Members of the Association will make every effort in their power to render their first Ball the Ball of the Season. Trusting that the Public will lend their aid and support on the interesting occasion, Being the first of a series of Balls, which the Association purpose(sic) giving, nothing will be left undone that can minister to the comfort, convenience, or satisfaction of those who shall please to honor them with their patronage.
Tickets - Including Supper- $5.00 Floor Managers
H. I. Hogle, Columbia J. D. Patterson, Sonora
T. Mahan, Saw Mill Flat

Reception Committee
R. Love P. Mullan Aug. Wiedehind

Gentlemen requiring carriages to convey ladies to the Ball, will please leave their names and addresses with any member of the carriage committee. (not given)
The members of the association desire to inform the public that they do not intend issuing any invitation cards, but thus extend a cordial invitation to every Lady and Gentleman.

Ibid June 6, 1861
Columbia Terpsichorean Society

This association which numbers among its members many of the most worthy and honorable residents of the county, ladies as well as gentlemen have for their object an improvement in the art of dancing and deportment. They aim to remove those vulgarities and mannerisms, which have lowered dancing from its position as an Art, into a vehicle of vulgarity - verging on indecency, which has precluded many ladies and gentlemen, from joining in the healthful and beautiful recreation of dancing I public. The Association own the splendid Hall, built by C. Cardinell, Esq., on Washington Street, which they are having renovated and fitted up, preparatory for their first Ball, which they will give on the 4th of July. The Society is wealthy and influential and without doubt will on that occasion give the most splendid ball ever given in this county. By reference to the advertisement it will be seen that the manager and members of the committee are all prominent men in the county and such as will give a guarantee that the program of the evening will be carried out to the letter, as of July 1, 1861.

A letter from H. Wolfe, Sec'y, protem
Ibid - June 6, 1861
Columbian Terpsichorean Society
At a regular monthly meeting of the members of this society, held at their Hall on Wednesday evening June 5, 1861, the following officers were duly elected:
President L.I. Hogle; Vice Pres. W. C. Fredenburr; Sec'y L. Jacobi; Tres. J.K. Hunter; Finance committee-D. Hart, J.D. Patterson & Thos. Mahan. Committee of degrees of membership - L.I. Hogle, H. Wolfe, and D. Southerland. (signed) H. Wolfe, Sec'y protem.
Ibid, Aug. 15, 1861 Columbia Terpsichorean Society -
This wealthy and influential association have been incorporated according to the law of this state, and have commenced the erection of an extensive new hall, on the site of that which was burned at the recent fire.
The Hall is being built under the superintendence of W. C. Fredenburr, Esq., and when completed it will be the largest and most beautiful room in the interior of the state. It is expected that the hall will be ready for use about the latter part of September.

Ibid, Sept. 12, 1861
Columbia Terpsichorean Society -
Notice of meeting at Society's rooms 8P.M. precisely Friday evening September 13, 1861. Business of importance. All members requested to be present.

Terpsichorean Hall. Columbia Times newspaper, Sept.12, 1861
This building, situated on Washington Street, on the site of Cardinell's Hall, destroyed by the recent fire, is far advanced towards completion. When finished it well be a great ornament to that portion of our city. Its dimensions are 44 feet wide, by 80 feet long, and 18 feet from floor to ceiling. The floor when completed will be the finest in the state for dancing on the boards of which it is constructed, are but four inches wide, all tongued and groved, and resting on rafters twelve inches deep by two wide, giving it a sufficient springiness to add to the pleasure of the mazy dance. The ceiling will not, as in the generality of large rooms, be at right angles to the sides, but will form an arch, which will be found a great improvement whenever the Hall shall be used for concerts or musical intertainments(sic). Another great improvement in the Hall will be managed by five copulas in the roof, fitted with sliding doors, while with a view of preventing accidents by fire, a convenient and easily managed apparatus, connected with the New England Water Company's main pipe, has been fitted up in the centre(sic) of the building, by which a copius(sic) stream of water can be thrown on any part of the building. The members of the society are entitled to much credit for their praiseworthy exertions to guard the health and comfort of the public, while they minister to its pleasures and amusements. We hope their enterprise may be well rewarded.

Toulumne Courier, Sept. 21, 1861
The Columbia Terpsichorean Association
Beg leave to announce to the public that their
Will take place at their new Hall, Washington Street, Columbia.
On Thursday Oct. 10, 1861
On which occasion they will use every effort to make it worthy of those who will tender their patronage.
Their New Hall has been got up independent of expense and every convenience will be found equal to any in the State.
Tickets, including Supper $5.00
N.B. No invitations will be extended, except through the press.
Floor Committee


In Greek Mythology, the Muse of Dancing was known as the terpsichoros. (Terpsichore = delighting in the dance.) The Terpsichorean Hall was a fancy name for a place to dance. However it was considered humorous to call someone a terpsichorean; a dancer.
Terpsichorean means, having to do with dancing.

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