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Date of Work


Identification #

UAP 11737

Additional Information

Seven mermaid dancers from the 1927 May Fete pose near the English Coulee. The mermaids were played by Hazel Larson, Doris Rathje, Mary Stephens, Alberta Krueger, Helen Norman, Magda Fagstad, and Mildred Nelson. 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; Students; Mermaids; English Coulee; Dancers; Costumes; Coulees; Dancers; Costume; Mermaids; College students; Performing arts; Theaters

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

Larson, Hazel; Rathje, Doris; Stephens, Mary; Krueger, Alberta; Norman, Helen