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UAP 14748


Student-performers of the 1919 May Fete production wearing flower petal costumes. The High Priestess of Dionysus seated on the carrying platform is identified as Grace Laughlin. The English Coulee is seen behind the performers. 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; Flower Petal Costumes; English Coulee; College students; Fabric flowers; Coulees; Trees; Greek drama; Women priests; Dionysus (Greek deity)

Places Depicted

North Dakota--Grand Forks

Organizations Depicted

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

People Depicted

Laughlin, Grace


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