Age Groups Mingled At Depression Era Dances

Nebraskan recalls how age groups mixed during Depression Era barn dances; young and old enjoyed each other's company.


| Good Old Days


When I was growing up, during the depression era, neighbors got together for dances, both house and barn dances. Young and old went and thoroughly enjoyed each other's company. So different from today when, especially in our small community, cliques are the thing and age groups are distinct. Today the young bunch wouldn't think of dancing with someone not in their age group. Not so when I was young. Young and old danced together and really enjoyed it. I remember so well dancing with my friend's father and even grandfather and having a super time. I think our society is missing a lot by not mingling with age groups other than their own.

Nelle Gaughenbaugh Gilg
Atkinson, Nebraska

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