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May Day Celebration

The May Day celebration tradition at Pacific University began in 1914 and would continue for over 50 years. A queen would be crowned to reign over the event each year with her court. The festivities included a double-lined procession, a luncheon, plays, athletic competitions and other activities. Young women dressed in white would wind ribbon around the maypole put up just for the occasion. Students as well as members of the Forest Grove community enjoyed the May Day events held on campus.

Edith Hansen McGill documents the May Day Celebration of 1928 in her photograph album. Her photographs include the May Day Queen and her court, the procession and several students dressed up for the activities.