Original 1974 program for the Peg Leg Bates Country Club, inscribed by Bates in 1976

Kerhonkson, NY: N.p., 1974. Vintage program for an annual celebration event at the Peg Leg Bates Country Club, an African American resort in Kerhonkson, New York. Program INSCRIBED by Bates on the front wrapper: "To Emma and James / with love / Peg Leg Bates / 6/26/76." Also included with the program is a promotional postcard featuring four images of the club, circa 1974.

Clayton "Peg Leg" Bates was an African American tap dancer and entertainer born in South Carolina at the beginning of the twentieth century. Bates gained widespread fame in the 1930s and 1940s for dancing with a wooden leg, the result of a cotton gin accident at the age of 12. Bates opened his country club in 1951, becoming the first Black resort owner in Ulster County. Initially a four-room resort, the club expanded by 1985 to 110 units, before closing in 1989 after Alice's death in 1987.

Program: 8.5 x 11 inches, side stapled. Very Good only, with light soil, creasing, and toning on the wrappers.

Postcard: 3.5 x 9 inches. Near Fine.


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