Memorabilia: Back in the Day

ONE DAY IN MAY Celebrants wind a May Pole in front of Marsh Hall on the first May Day, May, 16, 1914. (Photo Courtesy of Pacific University Library Archives)

MAY DAY AT PACIFIC began in an outdoor flurry of flowers, song and dance in 1914, then shifted indoors in the 1950s and became more like a formal dance.

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April showers may still bring May flowers, but one long-time tradition at Pacific has faded into the past. May Day, once one of the biggest campus events, began in May 1914, just before the outbreak of World War I. Lura Tamiesie, a junior, was crowned that year as the May Queen, and led a royal procession from Carnegie Hall to the west side of Marsh Hall. After more than 50 years of dancing, music and maypoles, the last queen, Karen Sato ’66, was crowned in 1967.

Source: "Splendid Audacity, The Story of Pacific University" by Gary Miranda and Rick Read