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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.


Buildings -- North Dakota -- Grand Forks; Students -- North Dakota -- Grand Forks; Universities & colleges -- North Dakota -- Grand Forks

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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


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