Dancing in DC 1880 Style

Social events in 1880 Washington, DC were late night affairs. During a delay in treaty meetings, Chipeta and Ouray were invited guests for the Friday, January 30th Literary and Social Entertainment at the Columbia Commandery No. 2 of the Knights of Columbus. The evening started with musical performances and literary readings. The dancing began with a promenade that allowed the ladies to show off their elegant dresses. To claim a dance with a lady, gentlemen signed the dance card dangling from her wrist. Waltzes, lanciers, quadrilles and polkas were popular. Supper was served during the intermission, which lasted from 10:30 pm to 12:30 am. Then the dancing resumed until 3:00 am.
           Chipeta and Ouray likely found the music and dancing quite strange, the food odd, and the evening very long.

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