image preview

Date of Work


Identification #

UAP 11726


The performance of the 1924 May Fete at the Bankside Theatre. A large audience watches from the other side of the English Coulee. The background includes a staired stage and a makeshift cottage. Musicians play at the right. Across the road are some private residences and cars. The May Fete was a modest production from 1909-1916 until Nell Martindale took over as head and expanded the small show into a spectacular dance-drama. From 1917 to 1927, May Fete saw elaborate sets and as many as 500 performers. The last May Fete was in 1927 when Martindale resigned to be married.


May Fete; Audience; Students; English Coulee; Bankside Theatre; Houses; Band; Cottage; Stage; Wooden Bleacher Seats; Audiences; Coulees; Theaters; Bands (Music); Cottages; Seating (Furniture); Performing arts

Places Depicted

North Dakota--Grand Forks; North Dakota; North Dakota--English Coulee (N.D.)

Organizations Depicted

University of North Dakota; May Fete (University of North Dakota)


Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota