UL First Fridays: Fun With a Purpose

…it’s all fun and games!

Have a little fun with Archives and Special Collections for the 2022-2023 season of First Fridays. This year we investigate materials in the archives that are strictly recreational.

Presentations begin at noon. Light refreshments and appetizers will be available. ASL interpreters will be present for all First Fridays events. Presentations resume in person this year, with the option to stream via Zoom. Please make a reservation if you plan to attend in person or online.

Fun With a Purpose: Pageants and Parades in the Social Welfare History Archives

Presented by Linnea Anderson, Archivist, Social Welfare History Archives

Pageants, festivals, parades, and exhibitions were popular activities in early 20th-century community centers and recreation departments. These events used patriotic, historical, cultural, and literary themes to entertain and educate. Join the fun for stories that range from neighborhood festivals to major civic productions with casts of thousands and elaborate sets, costumes, music, and dancing.


First Fridays is made possible by a generous gift from Governor Elmer L. Andersen and Mrs. Eleanor Andersen in honor of former University Librarian Dr. Edward B. Stanford.

Start date
Friday, March 3, 2023, Noon
End date
Friday, March 3, 2023, 1 p.m.

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