Guide to the Glenn F. Pease Manuscript Collection 1945-2000
Collection number: MS 268
About Glenn F. Pease (1906-1989)
Glenn F. Pease (1906-1989) of Orford, NH, was a square dance caller in the New
England singing squares tradition. As a farmer and grange member and musician, he
called dances in Orford, Warren, Piermont, and surrounding locations. He is
particularly remembered for starting the Wentworth NH square dance at the Painted
Barn in the 1950s, a dance which is currently in its seventh decade and is now held
at the Wentworth Town Hall. Many younger dance callers were influenced Pease,
including Dudley Laufman, Arthur Pease, and Lester Bradley. Glenn Pease is often
associated with the quadrille Honest John, a unique version of which was collected
from him by Ralph Page. This version is published in Page’s Northern Junket, Vol. 1 No. 10, pp. 17-19.
About the Glenn F. Pease Manuscript Collection, 1945-2000
The Glenn F. Pease Manuscript Collection consists of biographical articles, square
dance calls, photographs, dance programs, and music notation from square dance
caller Glenn Pease of Orford, NH. Contemporary musicians mentioned include Dudley
Laufman, Lester Bradley and Pat McIssac’s Band, as well as the Orford and Wentworth
NH square dances, 1950 New Hampshire Folk Festival, and 1999 Smithsonian Folklife
Festival. A recording of an early 1970s dance is included and has been digitized for
users to request.
This collection is open.
Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions
about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.
[Identification of item], [Box Number if available], [Folder Number if
available], Glenn F. Pease Manuscript Collection, 1945-2000, MS 268, Milne
Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham,
Gift of Arthur Pease, 2000.
Collection is in original order as received.
- Arthur Pease. “Glenn F. Pease: Old-Time Barn Dance Caller.” January
2000. Published in The Old-Time Herald, Spring 2001.
- Arthur Pease. “Square Dance Calls as Done by Glenn F. Pease.” July
- Anonymous. “Country Dance Series Begins in Wentworth.” Plymouth
- Robson, Betty. “Wentworth.” Plymouth Record, 2/2/1994.
- Fenno, Marilyn. “Balance and Swing.” Vermont Life, Winter 1953-1954,
- Fifth Annual New Hampshire Folk Festival program, 1950.
- Menu/Program from the Lake Tarleton Club, Piermont NH, 9 July 1951.
Calling by Glenn Pease.
“Old Time Square Dance” with Glenn Pease, caller, and Pat McIssac’s Band (Pat
McIssac, saxophone/piano; Joe Libby, fiddle; Bud Ray, drums; Irv Cushing,
accordion; Edna Perry, piano). Warren NH Town Hall, June 1973 or 1974. Calls
are for My Little Gal, Red River Gal, Hinky Dinky Parlez Vouz, Honolulu
Baby, Fairest Gal in Town (Wearing of the Green), Lady of the Lake, polkas.
A digitized version of this tape is available upon request from the archive.