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In the early 1990s, the records were found in a safe deposit box at First Bloomington Lake National Bank, and the papers made their way to the state’s historical agency via a Minnesota law that gives the Society first claim to abandoned historic materials.
They may be the only such records preserved anywhere in the world in a historical archive, and they give a rare look into the sometimes mundane, often unexpected workings of a swingers club just trying to keep track of its sexy ongoings.
The final item in the file, a newsletter from June 1978, lays out a busy summer of activities: campouts, softball games, and a picnic. But we do know that the Executive Committee reserved for itself the right to “cease activities whenever its organizers decide to do so.” Maybe after a decade or so of swinging, the four founding couples decided to get out of the game. The grand irony of the Silver Chain’s experiment with open relationships was that everyone involved was, understandably, obsessed with keeping secrets.
Although the Executive Committee “kept in strictest confidence” a full record of the names and other identifying information, members usually addressed each other by first name only.
All over America, people were reexamining relationships and marriage.
Swinging might have spun out of the organized partner swapping of U. military pilots who flew in World War II and the Korean Conflict.
It blossomed during the decade along with communal living, gay liberation, and extra-legal domestic partnerships—all attempts to break the numbing shackles of button-down lifestyles.
One local swinger, in an interview with the , somewhat unsexily compared swinging to being a Mason. Another member published in the Silver Chain newsletter a “swingers creed” that promoted tolerance for the hang-ups of others and an exaltation of the emotional involvement “properly reserved for a spouse.”Despite (or maybe because of) such high-minded sentiments, actually getting down to the business of swinging sometimes proved a problem.
The Executive Committee pleaded with members to quiet down and pay attention at events during the reading of announcements.