Pacific University's May Day Queen


Pacific University's May Day Queen


A photograph of the Pacific University May Day Queen in May, 1918. She has a crown on her head and holds a large bouquet of flowers. The caption with the photograph identifies her as Helen Brunner. 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 picture appears in an album that was compiled by Greta McIntyre Sheeley, a 1920 Pacific University graduate.