Group of Girls Dressed Up for the May Day Celebration


Group of Girls Dressed Up for the May Day Celebration


A photograph of a group of girls dressed up for the May Day celebration at Pacific University. The girls appear to be too young to be Pacific University students, so they may have been girls from one of the local schools in Forest Grove. The May Day celebration tradition at Pacific University began in 1914, and would continue for over 50 years. A student would be crowned 'Queen of the May'. The event would often include a double-line procession from the Carnegie Library to the west side of Marsh Hall. A luncheon, singing, athletic competitions and other activities would be enjoyed by students and members of the Forest Grove community. A maypole would be erected and young ladies dressed in white would wind ribbon around it. This photograph appears in an album that was compiled by Edith Hansen McGill, a 1930 Pacific University graduate.

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Edith Hansen McGill Photograph Album (MS.49)


Student activities


Forest Grove, Oregon, United States





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