There’s no better way to celebrate what would be the 100th birthday of Betty Ford than with a bit of dancing history.
The First Lady was a dancing enthusiast and a new exhibit will open April 10 at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum that honors her legacy — and passion for dance. To celebrate the exhibit and Ford’s birthday, a bevy of museums, galleries, archives, and dance fans hopped on Twitter to share historical dance photos (and GIFs) throughout history under the hashtag #ArchivesDanceParty.
Young Abraham Lincoln once approached Mary Todd at a cotillion and said, “I want to dance with you in the worst way.”
— Lincoln Presidential Library (@ALPLM) April 6, 2018
The Federal Theatre Project was one of five arts related programs created under the Works Progress Administration. These photos are of some performances done by the Federal Theatre Project in New York Dance Theatre. #ArchivesDanceParty pic.twitter.com/wZO3AC5KR6
— FDR Library (@FDRLibrary) April 6, 2018
If you’re bummed about missing this delightful hashtag party, don’t worry — there’s a digital party on the first Friday of every month, each with a different theme. You can keep an eye out for the next one here.