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Dancers at the 1912 Monmouth College May Party perform an intricate winding of the Maypole’s green and white ribbons.

When May Day had its heyday

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Not to be upstaged by the ladies, gentlemen of the college staged a Nightshirt Parade the night before the May Party.
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1912 Queen of the May Helen McCorkle is attended by Maid of Honor Lois Barnes and local children Virginia St. Clair, Mary Burnett, Rachel Marshall and Martha Clendenin.
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Students dressed as Hungarian folk dancers pose in front of Wallace Hall.
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“Japanese” dancers line up with their parasols in front of Carnegie Library.

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Editor and historian for Monmouth College. Avid researcher of western Illinois history for 40 years. FB and Twitter. jrankin@monmouthcollege.edu

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