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UAP 18098

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The 1919 May Fete production begins with a procession from the President's House (now Stone Alumni Center). Student-performers dressed in Ancient Greek costumes carrying torches and harps head the procession. Children carrying pots and a large plate of fruit come next, followed by a chariot and more performers with spears and shields. 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; Chariot; President's House (Oxford); Sidewalk; Ancient Greek Costumes; Spears; Shields; Torches; Harps; Children; Processions; Chariots; Torches; College presidents - Dwellings; Shields; Greek drama; Spears

Places Depicted

North Dakota--Grand Forks; North Dakota

Organizations Depicted

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


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