As we leave the month of May behind, I wanted to share some photographs from an event that was celebrated at the Settlement for many years – May Day! May Day is an annual spring-time gathering held around the world to celebrate the arrival of summer. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries May Day was particularly popular at women’s colleges and academic institutions, which could explain why our founders began their own May Day traditions here at the Settlement.
May Day at Hindman Settlement School was an outdoor, community celebration that included music, dancing, and the crowning of the May Queen. The celebration may have ended years ago, but the memories live on in our archives. Take a look!