Czech Songs in Texas

A celebratory gathering which featued authors Frances Barton and John K. Novak of their book signing and musical performances at Mama's at Sengelmann's Hall in Schulenburg, Texas, July 2021. The heart of the book is a collection of 61 songs, mainly polkas and waltzes, with Czech lyrics, English translations, music notation, and an essay analyzing each song. The folklorist and polka historian James P. Leary says in his foreword to the book: "Barton and Novak take us on a poetic, historical, and ethnographic excursion deep into a community’s expressive heartland. Their Czech Songs in Texas...   read full post »

posted on 8/24/2021


2020 Coronavirus Aid

Funding has been provided to PolkaWorks from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020. We are so grateful for the continued support from Humanities Texas....   read full post »

posted on 7/24/2021


Texas Folklife Host SaddleUP—Texas Ranching Traditions Exhibit

Texas Folklife has hosted SaddleUp—Texas Ranching Traditions as a virtual exhibit. PolkaWorks is honored to share this visual story so that you can witness and explore Texas working ranches. Thanks goes out to Texas Folklife staff and the ranching families featured! ...   read full post »

posted on 6/22/2021


PolkaWorks 10th Anniversary Celebration Success

What a blast! Filled with upbeat energy, the Pioneer Farms dance hall was the perfect venue for our 2020 February fun-filled, successful celebration of PolkaWorks’ 10th anniversary. If you attended, thank you so much for helping create an incredible experience. If you couldn’t be there, ...   read full post »

posted on 2/24/2020


Celebrate PolkaWorks10 Years

Join us for our first fundraiser shindig and enjoy a fun-filled evening. Celebrate cultural traditions while we raise funds for new films. Plan for entertainment, food, drinks and an auction. Sun. Feb. 16, 4-7 PM
Pioneer Farms • 10621 Pioneer Farms Dr. • Austin 78754 $20 donation per ...   read full post »

posted on 1/4/2020


Cattle Raisers Museum of Fort Worth

The SaddleUP-Texas Ranching Tradition Exhibit was honored to showcase at Cattle Raisers Museum of Fort Worth, Texas. —Produced by documentarian Lori Najvar of PolkaWorks and photographer Joe Vitone with support from Humanities Texas, National Endowment for the Humanities —1600 Gendy Stre...   read full post »

posted on 10/25/2019


Vaquerocation Family Day July 14, 2019

University of Texas San Antonio Institute of Texan Culture hosted the annual Vaquerocation Family Day Program. As a part of the SaddleUP exhibit, The Old Texas Boys entertained and led and played with local and international families in Texas songs. THANKS UTSAITC...   read full post »

posted on 10/23/2019

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