• Creator
  • Sears, Richard
  • Created Date
  • 1912-07-04
  • Description
  • A photograph of the audience at the Lancaster, Massachusetts 1912 Fourth of July pageant. The Pageant was divided into five historical episodes, including the Early English Fete, 1575-1625; the Settlement of Lancaster, 1650; the Massacre by the Indians, 1676; the Departure of the Minutemen, 1775; and the Reception to Lafayette, 1824. The director of the pageant was Joseph Lindon Smith. About 400 amateur performers participated. It is estimated... more
    A photograph of the audience at the Lancaster, Massachusetts 1912 Fourth of July pageant. The Pageant was divided into five historical episodes, including the Early English Fete, 1575-1625; the Settlement of Lancaster, 1650; the Massacre by the Indians, 1676; the Departure of the Minutemen, 1775; and the Reception to Lafayette, 1824. The director of the pageant was Joseph Lindon Smith. About 400 amateur performers participated. It is estimated that 4000 people attended the pageant with about 1200 people seated in the bleachers alone. The day of the pageant began at 3:30 in the morning with a group called "the daybreak patrol" that drove around Lancaster and played musical instruments and turned on water hoses to wake people up. The play started at 10 am and lasted for two and a half hours.The photograph is mounted on heavy cardboard and has text describing the activity and history depicted in the photograph. Image is the twenty-ninth photograph in the Lancaster Massachusetts 1912 Fourth of July Pageant Exhibition created by the Thayer Memorial Library. From the archives at the Thayer Memorial Library, Lancaster, Massachusetts. http://thayermemoriallibrary.org. less
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  • Photographs
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