Patriotism Pageant program, Farmington State Normal School, June 20, 1917


F.S.N.S. hosted a Patriotic Pageant in Merrill Hall on June 20, 1917. The play, put on by the graduating class of 1917, depicted famous scenes of American history such as the life of George Washington, the days of the Revolution, the activities of Nathan Hale, and Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

Benefit concerts and other activities continued at F.S.N.S. throughout the war years. Miss Stone organized the students into teams of 20 girls, each led by a teacher, for Red Cross work. They made pillows and clothing, knit bandages and sold baked goods to raise funds for war relief.

Some industrious students collected and resold old magazines and newspapers; others offered hair shampooing (10 cents) or shoe shines (3 cents) to raise money for Red Cross. The students donated 5,010 items to the Red Cross between April 17, 1917 and Sept 20, 1919 for the benefit of the victims of the Great War.

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