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Earl Rogers as the Snake Charmer from the 1926 May Fete. Sitting on a stump near the English Coulee Rogers extends a snake into the air. 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; Student; English Coulee; Tree Stump; Snake; Costume; Coulees; Snake charmers; Costume; College students; Plays; Tree trunks; 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)

People Depicted

Rogers, Earl


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