Massachusetts--Colonial period--ca. 1600-1775; Worcester (Mass.)--History--Drama; Fourth of July celebrations--Massachusetts--Worcester; Safe and Sane; Puritans
A woman and young girl costumed as "Puritan Daughters" for the Pageant "Children of America", a prominent feature of Worcester, Massachusetts "Safe and Sane" Fourth of July Celebration in 1913. Shortly after the beginning of the 20th century a nation-wide movement to curb riotous and potentially dangerous celebrations of the Fourth of July holiday and promote "Safe and Sane" alternatives gained momentum. As a result, many communities sponsored parades, picnics, and historical pageants and tableaux such as that seen here.
Image from page 240 of the Worcester Magazine, August, 1913 (Vol. XVI, No.8) . Published by the Worcester Board of Trade.
In the collections of the Worcester Public Library, Worcester, Mass. http://www.worcpublib.org/
“Puritan Daughters,” Digital Commonwealth , accessed March 10, 2014, http://www.digitalcommonwealth.org/items/show/1597.