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Elizabeth Kamm Gardner Collection of Dance and Ball Programs, 1882-1893


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Elizabeth Kamm Gardner Collection of Dance and Ball Programs


About this collection:

➤ Elizabeth “Lizzie” Kamm was born in Wheeling on February 13, 1865 to Andrew and Sophia Cramer Kamm, German immigrants who lived in Center Wheeling. Lizzie collected dance programs and cards for over 10 years. She attended her last dances in early 1893, and on April 19, 1893 she married Joseph Gardner. Shortly after their marriage, the couple moved to Sherrard, WV. Elizabeth Kamm Gardner died on November 28, 1947 and is buried in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

The collection features over 100 programs for dances, balls, roller skating carnivals and other social gatherings. The venues range from Turner Hall (located at 909 Market Street in North Wheeling) to Chapline Street Rink (NE corner of 22nd Street and Chapline Street in Center Wheeling) to Westwood’s Hall (3746 Jacob Street in South Wheeling). The hosts of these events varied widely, from social groups such as the May Flower Social and the House and Herrmann Baseball Club, to benefits for labor groups, including the Independent Nail Feeders’ Union and the Locked Out Glass Workers.

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