The Independence Squares History Project

 

In 2012 under club Historian/Archivist Joshua Yoder we began the process of cataloging and archiving the history of our organization. We are always looking to expand our archives and history content, if you would like to add or donate any items to our extensive archive you can email Joshua Yoder for more information.

 

To access the club catalog :

 

Click Here for listing by year

Click Here for listing by Document Type and Year

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To Request Archival Material:

Email the club Historian with your request referencing the archive number and description, and, once board approved your information may be sent to you in the manner requested.

 

The Independence Squares Timeline

 

1988-1989

Independence Squares Founded By: Teacher/Caller Allan Laufer

Some members were recruited by the country-western dance community in the Philadelphia area and classes were in Philly and dances hosted in new Hope, PA.  Members were a mix of LGBT and straight members  from PA, NJ and DE.

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1989-1990

President: Tim Harper

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1990 -1991

President: Larry Martinicchio

Independence Squares gains non-profit status in 1991!

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1991-1992

President: Rebecca Emerson

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1992-1993

President: Allie Miller

Independence Squares organizes its 1st Club Fly-In!

Fly In: Easter Bonnet Contest

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1993-1994

President: Kevin Gisi

Fly In: Easter Bonnet Contest

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1994-1995

President: Laurie Estes

Fly In: Easter Bonnet Contest

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1995-1996

President: Laurie Estes

Fly In: Easter Bonnet Contest

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1996-1997

President: Donna Roppelt

Fly In: Easter Bonnet & Baskets

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1997-1998

President: Fred Harke

Fly In: Easter Bonnets & Baskets

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1998-1999

President: Jim Giaccobe

Fly In: March Madness, Alice in Wonderland

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1999-2000

President Tom Fekete

Fly In: Philadelphia Freedom Patriotic

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2000-2001

President: Kevin Melvin

Fly In: A Space Odyssey

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2001-2002

President: Jim McCall

Fly In: 10th Anniversary Memories

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2002-2003

President: Eli Scearce

Fly in had its first “pool” tip

Fly In: Swing Through The Woods

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2003-2004

President: Cindi Gutierrez & Jed Shumsky

Independence Squares wins Best Walking Group at 2003 Philadelphia Pride!

Fly In: Slide Through The Woods

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2004-2005

President: Jed Shumsky

Fly In: Grand Swing Through The Woods

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2005-2006

President: Norma Beard

Fly In: Sashay Through The Woods

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2006-2007

President: Will Hamp

Fly In: Make Magic in The Woods: A Midwinter Night’s Dream

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2007-2008

President: Norma Beard

Fly In: Follow Your Neighbor Through The Woods

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2008-2009

President: Pat Dunne

Fly In: Spin Chain & Exchange The Woods

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2009-2010

President: Steve Miller

Fly In: Seesaw In The Woods: A Toga Party

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2010-2011

President: Ron Smith

Fly In: Dixy Sashay to a Diamond State

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2011-2012

President: David Blatt & Norma Beard

Fly In: Cut The Emerald, 20th Anniversary Fly-In