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May Day Celebration WIU May 1907
May Day Celebration WIU May 1907
TitleMay Day Celebration WIU May 1907
Photo Number000811.JPG
CollectionDigital Image Collection (Western Illinois University)
Date Photograph TakenCirca 1910-1912
KeywordsTraining School Western Illinois State Normal School Western Illinois State Teachers College Western Illinois State College Western Illinois University WIU child children group persons people person May Day Maypole May Pole Images of the Past in McDonough County
Subject HeadingTraining School
DescriptionThe photograph shows the May Day celebration at Western held in May of 1907 with physical education instructor Nina Lamkin in charge. The celebration began in 1907 and ended in 1937. "Although Alice Osden taught some 'physical culture' classes, her chief commitment was to 'expression' (speech and dramatics). But after she left in 1906, President Bayliss hired Western's first real physical education specialist, a remarkable woman named Nina Lamkin.... Born in Champaign, she received a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois in 1893, then studied at Harvard University and the University of Chicago. After teaching physical culture at Yankton College in South Dakota and in the Champaign public schools, she opened a studio in Chicago, where she not only taught classes but developed physical education Chautauqua programs for children. In 1906 she had a dozen people working for her. She was also director of physical culture at the Jewish Manual Training School in Chicago and at Riverside public schools before coming to Western. Like Osden, Lamkin taught training school children as well as normal school students. For the latter she emphasized personal hygiene, exercise, and games for children, but she also provided instruction in archery, basketball, gymnastics, and tennis....Lamkin also coached the track and field team, which was, of course, composed entirely of men. And she developed the first annual Field Day in May 1907. It featured contests, games, and drills for training school students in the morning, followed by a track and field meet for academy and normal students in the afternoon.... In 1908, under Lamkin's leadership, Western also developed an annual Neighborhood Field Day, which drew students from more than a dozen nearby high schools, grade schools, and country schools. That much-publicized event helped to promote Western and displayed the school's regional commitment. During her seven years at Western, Lamkin also published two short books, 'Play, Its Value and Fifty Games' (1907) and 'Suggestive Physical Work for the Grades' (1908). Those were the first books published by a Western faculty member. In the summers she was the director of outdoor sports for boys and girls at the Chautauqua's, which took her to communities across the country. In Western's early years, she was the most widely known faculty member, except for President Bayliss, and she later had an outstanding career at Northwestern University, where she produced more than a dozen other books." "First Century: A Pictorial History of Western Illinois University, " by John E. Hallwas, " p. 31.
Source/Publisher/DonorCourtesy of Esther Sypherd.
Aux. Photo# OtherAlso oversize
Location of Original PhotoArchives photo file--Training School
RightsWIU Libraries Archives & Special Collections -- All Rights Reserved. For permission to reproduce, distribute, or otherwise use this image, contact the WIU Archives and Special Collections at malpass-archives@wiu.edu.
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