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The Fairy Queen, played by Agnes O'Connor, sits on a large platform shaped like a flower. Five dancers stand in front of her at the base of the Adelphi Fountain. Merrifield Hall (Main) stands in the background. 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; Adelphi Fountain; Merrifield Hall (Main); Dancers; Queens - Drama; Adelphi Fountain (Grand Forks; N.D.); Women college students; Dancers; Fairies; Flowers; College buildings

Places Depicted

North Dakota--Grand Forks; North Dakota

Organizations Depicted

May Fete (University of North Dakota); University of North Dakota; Merrifield Hall (Grand Forks, N.D.)

People Depicted

O'Connor, Agnes


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