Photo of the Week: Maypole Dancing on Long Meadow

[Anniversary Day, Prospect Park] ca. 1915, v1972.1.788; Early Brooklyn and Long Island photograph collection, arc.201; Brooklyn Historical Society.

[Anniversary Day, Prospect Park] ca. 1915, v1972.1.788; Early Brooklyn and Long Island photograph collection, arc.201; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Despite the dreary weather yesterday, it is finally May!  I encourage all to remember the past weekend with the dazzling sunshine.  We too will be able to leap happily around Prospect Park day after endless summer day very soon just like all the young ladies in the picture above.

Taken on Anniversary Day, these girls were among many schoolchildren to march through the many parks of all five boroughs of New York City as part of the Sunday School Union Anniversary Day Parade.  A New York Times article from 1901 estimated participation of 90,000 children in that year’s event, considered as important to the city’s children as Christmas.  The children marched through the streets donning bright colors and carrying flags.  The marching was followed by celebratory ice cream and cake at their respective churches.  Prospect Park  has gone through many changes [link embedded in changes] over the years, but today continues to be a central gathering place for Brooklynites.  There we celebrate everything from Michael Jackson’s birthday, local and gourmet food, the historic Battle of Brooklyn, and just plain good weather and happy times.  Happy Spring Brooklyn – see you in the park.

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About Julie May

I am the Managing Director of Library & Archives at Brooklyn Historical Society.
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