Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Memorial Day Weekend hours

Memorial Day Weekend LIBRARY hours:

Thursday, May 24th: 8:00 a.m. - Noon
Friday, May 25th - Monday, May 28th: CLOSED

Friday, May 4, 2018

Finals Hours

Finals are upon us!

LIBRARY hours (the office and the rooms with the books!); the Learning Commons space upstairs will be open 24/7!

  • May 7 - 10                            8:00 a.m.  –  9:50 p.m.
  • May 11                                  8:00 a.m.  -  4:50 p.m.
  • May 12 - 13                          CLOSED

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Throwback Thursday: May Court

Today we're exploring another extinct Seton Hill tradition: the May Court and the May Day celebrations, generally. Once upon a time, May Day was the biggest "student event" of the Seton Hill year and was officially devoted to the celebration of the Virgin Mary.

May Day trumpeters

May pole

These two photos are from May Day 1925. We see the "May Court" with the heralds trumpeting their arrival. You can see that a couple of the girls behind the trumpeters are carrying elaborate baskets, while others have bouquets or armloads of blossoms. In the second photo, we get to see a May Pole; while May Day celebrations have died off in the United States over the decades, many of us probably got to participate in one of these as children. 

May Queen and King
King and Queen of May: Grace Boslett, '33, and Barbara Yahner, 32

This shot is dated 1932, and here we get to see a few curious trends emerging. First, the "King and Queen of May" are now wearing renaissance costumes instead of the (mostly) contemporary clothing of seven years earlier. Second, yes, the King is named Barbara. 

The May Court was chosen in a similar fashion to modern-day Homecoming courts-- by vote-- and the May King was a separate voting category from May Queen. So Barbara and any runners-up for May King were nominated for the May King role. 

dancer with flower wreath on front lawn
Mary Gertrude Jones, May Day 1934

You may recognize the location of this 1934 photo. Part of the May Day festivities were a parade to the front lawn (in front of what is now the Administration building). In the background behind the dancer, you can see girls sitting around on the grass, while the court is seated upon a raised dais. 

May Court

This 1936 May Court features a mixture of 30's and Renaissance clothing. Here, again, we have a female May King, and here, again, the King is taller than the Queen. The rest of the court, other than the heralds, are wearing dresses. 

May Queen
This unnamed student was May Queen in 1937.

Student crowning Mary statue

And here we have a student crowning Mary with flowers in the Grotto in 1947. 

May Day celebrations at Seton Hill, as in much of the rest of the country, began to fade out shortly after World War II. May 1st is also known as International Workers' Day, which was widely observed in communist countries, making it more problematic for many Americans during the Cold War. 

For more information about the history of May Day, you can find more on