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The Pageant and Masque of Saint Louis: Spectacular Photos from the Historical Pageant that depicted the History of St. Louis, 1914

The Pageant and Masque of St. Louis was a four-night event that featured a variety of historical reenactments, cultural performances, and other activities. It was held in Forest Park, a large public park in St. Louis, Missouri, from May 28th to May 31st, 1914.

The event was organized by the St. Louis Historical Society and was intended to be a major attraction for visitors to the city. It featured a variety of performances and displays representing the diverse communities of St. Louis, including Native American, French, Spanish, and African-American cultural groups.

In addition to these cultural performances, the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis included historical reenactments of important events in the city’s history, such as the founding of St. Louis and the Lewis and Clark expedition. There were also a variety of other activities, such as parades, concerts, and games, that were held throughout the event.

It is not clear how many people attended the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, but it is likely that it was a popular and well-attended event. It was one of several large-scale public events that were held in St. Louis around this time as the city sought to attract visitors and boost its reputation as a cultural and historical destination.

#1 William E. Mack depicting ‘Africa’, Clarence E. Fleming as the ‘Oceanic Islands’ and Frank Ferguson as ‘Australia’ in the Masque, Pageant and Masque of St. Louis

William E. Mack depicting 'Africa', Clarence E. Fleming as the 'Oceanic Islands' and Frank Ferguson as 'Australia' in the Masque, Pageant and Masque of St. Louis

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#2 ‘Flower of Love’ over ‘Gold’ and his minions, 1914

'Flower of Love' over 'Gold' and his minions, 1914

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#3 ‘Gold’ and the ‘Pioneer’ in combat; St. Louis above, 1914

'Gold' and the 'Pioneer' in combat; St. Louis above, 1914

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#4 Mrs. George Gellhorn, portrays ‘Imagination’, an allegorical figure in the Masque, Pageant and Masque of St. Louis.

Mrs. George Gellhorn, portrays 'Imagination', an allegorical figure in the Masque, Pageant and Masque of St. Louis.

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#5 In a scene in the Pageant, Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, Robert de La Salle, and his men salute King Louis XIV of France and pledge to go on to claim the Mississippi Valley for France.

In a scene in the Pageant, Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, Robert de La Salle, and his men salute King Louis XIV of France and pledge to go on to claim the Mississippi Valley for France.

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#6 Actresses portraying the allegorical figures of ‘Poverty’ and ‘Imagination’ perform in the Masque, Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri, May 28-31, 1914.

Actresses portraying the allegorical figures of 'Poverty' and 'Imagination' perform in the Masque, Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri, May 28-31, 1914.

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#7 In the Masque, an actor, John L. Tierney, depicting ‘St. Louis’ — Louis IX of France, the patron saint of the city, descends on the stage of Pageant and Masque of St. Louis to meet the World Adventurers

In the Masque, an actor, John L. Tierney, depicting 'St. Louis' -- Louis IX of France, the patron saint of the city, descends on the stage of Pageant and Masque of St. Louis to meet the World Adventurers

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#8 A group of volunteers portray Indians in the Pageant of St. Louis,1914

A group of volunteers portray Indians in the Pageant of St. Louis,1914

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#9 A Maya rower in the Masque of St. Louis.1914

A Maya rower in the Masque of St. Louis.1914

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#10 Men, women and children in what may be a rehearsal are on the stage of the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis. Joseph Lindon Smith, director of the Masque, appears in shirt sleeves to the right of the photograph. More than 7500 St. Louis citizens volunteered for the event in Forest Park

Men, women and children in what may be a rehearsal are on the stage of the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis. Joseph Lindon Smith, director of the Masque, appears in shirt sleeves to the right of the photograph. More than 7500 St. Louis citizens volunteered for the event in Forest Park

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#11 A view of the audience and stage, 1914

A view of the audience and stage, 1914

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#12 A view of the stage of the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis seen from the seats, 1914

A view of the stage of the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis seen from the seats, 1914

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#13 An actor in 19th century costume performed in the Pageant, Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, the drama depicting the history of St. Louis.

An actor in 19th century costume performed in the Pageant, Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, the drama depicting the history of St. Louis.

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#14 A volunteer actor rides to the stage for performance in the medieval scene in the Masque, Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, 1914

A volunteer actor rides to the stage for performance in the medieval scene in the Masque, Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, 1914

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#15 Actor portraying a pioneer in the Pageant, 1914

Actor portraying a pioneer in the Pageant, 1914

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#16 Actor portraying Indian, 1914

Actor portraying Indian, 1914

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#17 Actor portraying Maya chief in the Masque of St. Louis, 1914

Actor portraying Maya chief in the Masque of St. Louis, 1914

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#18 Actors are costumed for the ball celebrating the Marquis de Lafayette’s 1825 visit to St. Louis in the Pageant, 1914

Actors are costumed for the ball celebrating the Marquis de Lafayette's 1825 visit to St. Louis in the Pageant, 1914

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#19 Actors in costume as French troops in the Pageant, Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, pose off stage, 1914

Actors in costume as French troops in the Pageant, Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, pose off stage, 1914

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#20 A group of volunteer actors in dress of American Indians stand on the stage of the Pageant, Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, 1914

A group of volunteer actors in dress of American Indians stand on the stage of the Pageant, Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, 1914

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#21 Large group of volunteer actors in costume pose for photograph, 1914

Large group of volunteer actors in costume pose for photograph, 1914

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#22 A young flower girl girl turns to look at the women in 19th century costume for the Marquis de Lafayette’s ball in 1825 St. Louis, a scene in the Pageant, Pageant and Masque of St. Louis.

A young flower girl girl turns to look at the women in 19th century costume for the Marquis de Lafayette's ball in 1825 St. Louis, a scene in the Pageant, Pageant and Masque of St. Louis.

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#23 Actors in the Pageant, pose in Native American costume, 1914

Actors in the Pageant, pose in Native American costume, 1914

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#24 Men, women, boys and girls costumed as Maya Indians line up on the set, a plaza before the ancient temple of Maya civilization, in a scene from the Masque, Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, 1914

Men, women, boys and girls costumed as Maya Indians line up on the set, a plaza before the ancient temple of Maya civilization, in a scene from the Masque, Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, 1914

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#25 In a side view of the stage of the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, actors perform a scene in the Pageant of St. Louis, 1914

In a side view of the stage of the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, actors perform a scene in the Pageant of St. Louis, 1914

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#26 Actors playing American Indian women, 1914

Actors playing American Indian women, 1914

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#27 Actors portray citizens of early St. Louis in the Pageant of St. Louis, 1914

Actors portray citizens of early St. Louis in the Pageant of St. Louis, 1914

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#28 Actors portray French soldiers, 1914

Actors portray French soldiers, 1914

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#29 Actors portraying Indian, 1914

Actors portraying Indian, 1914

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#30 Actors portraying Indians offstage, 1914

Actors portraying Indians offstage, 1914

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#31 American pioneers, General Harris, Captain Stoddard, Pierre Chouteau and leading citizens in conference with Sauk and Fox Indians, Pageant, 1914

American pioneers, General Harris, Captain Stoddard, Pierre Chouteau and leading citizens in conference with Sauk and Fox Indians, Pageant, 1914

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#32 In a scene in the Pageant, Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, an ox-drawn wagon train with American settlers arrives in St. Louis in the early 19th century.

In a scene in the Pageant, Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, an ox-drawn wagon train with American settlers arrives in St. Louis in the early 19th century.

As the stage directions read, 'The old French type of dress is rapidly disappearing, the various American types taking its place; some of these are hunters, some farmers, and some gentlemen in black or plum colored coats. Many wagons pass, each with its troop of settlers, many of them walking beside or behind the vehicle

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#33 An actor in the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, 1914

An actor in the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, 1914

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#34 Arrival of ‘Gen. Pike’, the first steamboat, Pageant, 1914

Arrival of 'Gen. Pike', the first steamboat, Pageant, 1914

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#35 Arrival of Captain Stoddard and his troops, Pageant, 1914

Arrival of Captain Stoddard and his troops, Pageant, 1914

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#36 Arrival of General Lafayette, Pageant, 1914

Arrival of General Lafayette, Pageant, 1914

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#37 Arrival of Madame Chouteau and her children, Pageant of St. Louis, 1914

Arrival of Madame Chouteau and her children, Pageant of St. Louis, 1914

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#38 Arrival of Mississippi and young ‘St. Louis’, 1914

Arrival of Mississippi and young 'St. Louis', 1914

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#39 Art Hill seating arranged for performances of the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, 1914

Art Hill seating arranged for performances of the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, 1914

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#40 Audience at the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis in place in front of the stage, 1914

Audience at the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis in place in front of the stage, 1914

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#41 Boys costumed as American Indians to perform in the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, 1914

Boys costumed as American Indians to perform in the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, 1914

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#42 Boys portraying Maya dancers in the Masque, exercise outside of the stage in Forest Park, 1914

Boys portraying Maya dancers in the Masque, exercise outside of the stage in Forest Park, 1914

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#43 Boys who perform as Maya youths coming off the stage of the Masque, 1914

Boys who perform as Maya youths coming off the stage of the Masque, 1914

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#44 Calumet dance of the Osage Indians, Pageant of St. Louis, 1914

Calumet dance of the Osage Indians, Pageant of St. Louis, 1914

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#45 Captain Amos Stoddard and Governor Charles Dehault Delassus greet each other before the transfer of Louisiana to the United States, Pageant, 1914

Captain Amos Stoddard and Governor Charles Dehault Delassus greet each other before the transfer of Louisiana to the United States, Pageant, 1914

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#46 Captain de Volsay raising the first Franch flag, Pageant, 1914

Captain de Volsay raising the first Franch flag, Pageant, 1914

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#47 In the drama of the Pageant, Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, as the Louisiana Territory was transferred from Spain to France, the French flag was raised in St. Louis.

In the drama of the Pageant, Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, as the Louisiana Territory was transferred from Spain to France, the French flag was raised in St. Louis.

The French townspeople of St. Louis celebrated the return of the flag before the American flag took its place as the territory was transferred to the United States. The event is known as the Day of the Three Flags.

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#48 Committee discussing welcome to be given to returning Mexican veterans, Pageant, 1914

Committee discussing welcome to be given to returning Mexican veterans, Pageant, 1914

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#49 Construction of the stage for the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, 1914

Construction of the stage for the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, 1914

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#50 Crowd parading with picture of Abraham Lincoln, Pageant, 1914

Crowd parading with picture of Abraham Lincoln, Pageant, 1914

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#51 Crowd reading newspaper bulletin announcing war, Pageant, 1914

Crowd reading newspaper bulletin announcing war, Pageant, 1914

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#52 Day of the Three Flags, Pageant, 1914

Day of the Three Flags, Pageant, 1914

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#53 Day of the Three Flags, Pageant of St. Louis, 1914

Day of the Three Flags, Pageant of St. Louis, 1914

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#54 Looking towards the stage in Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri, the audience watch volunteer actors portraying Spanish turning the Louisiana Territory to the French in St. Louis in a reenactment of Three Flags Day

Looking towards the stage in Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri, the audience watch volunteer actors portraying Spanish turning the Louisiana Territory to the French in St. Louis in a reenactment of Three Flags Day

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#55 Luke E. Hart as the explorer Hernando De Soto and actors portraying Spanish soldiers and priests perform in the Pageant, Pageant and Masque of St. Louis.

Luke E. Hart as the explorer Hernando De Soto and actors portraying Spanish soldiers and priests perform in the Pageant, Pageant and Masque of St. Louis.

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#56 The scene in the Pageant, Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, depicts Meriwether Lewis, William Clark and expedition members leaving St. Louis.

The scene in the Pageant, Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, depicts Meriwether Lewis, William Clark and expedition members leaving St. Louis.

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#57 A troop of Union soldiers leaves St. Louis for Civil War duty, a scene in the Pageant, Pageant and Masque of St. Louis.

A troop of Union soldiers leaves St. Louis for Civil War duty, a scene in the Pageant, Pageant and Masque of St. Louis.

Stage directions show that in the same scene another group of young men also leaves for the southern side of the war. As the young men march off, the band plays the 'Battle Hymn of the Republic'.

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#58 Dismantling the stage after production of the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, 1914

Dismantling the stage after production of the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, 1914

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#59 Mayor of St. Louis, William Carr Lane, greets the Marquis de Lafayette during his 1825 visit to the city in a scene in the Pageant, Pageant and Masque of St. Louis.

Mayor of St. Louis, William Carr Lane, greets the Marquis de Lafayette during his 1825 visit to the city in a scene in the Pageant, Pageant and Masque of St. Louis.

Militia, townspeople, including flower girls, are also on the stage. William R. Glasgow played the role of Lane; Charles Burlingame the role of Lafayette.

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#60 Members of the executive committee of the Pageant and Masque stand on the dramas’ set. Several prominent citizens served on the committee for the civic drama held in Forest Park, May 1914.

Members of the executive committee of the Pageant and Masque stand on the dramas' set. Several prominent citizens served on the committee for the civic drama held in Forest Park, May 1914.

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#61 Actor holding a huge goblet portrays a French knight in armor in the Masque, Pageant and Masque of St. Louis. A young man in costume attends him.

Actor holding a huge goblet portrays a French knight in armor in the Masque, Pageant and Masque of St. Louis. A young man in costume attends him.

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#62 full-house audience at a performance of the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, 1914

full-house audience at a performance of the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, 1914

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#63 A group photograph of young women who performed the gavotte, a French folk dance, in the Pageant, Pageant and Masque of St. Louis.

A group photograph of young women who performed the gavotte, a French folk dance, in the Pageant, Pageant and Masque of St. Louis.

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#64 On stage in the Pageant, Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, General William Henry Harrison leaves St. Louis after his negotiations with the Sauk and Fox Indians, who stand and watch the scene.

On stage in the Pageant, Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, General William Henry Harrison leaves St. Louis after his negotiations with the Sauk and Fox Indians, who stand and watch the scene.

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#65 Gratiot to Pierre Chouteau, ‘The Americans are taking possession’, 1914

Gratiot to Pierre Chouteau, 'The Americans are taking possession', 1914

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#66 Group photograph of actors portraying American Indians in the Pageant, 1914

Group photograph of actors portraying American Indians in the Pageant, 1914

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#67 Laclede and the Missouri Indians, Pageant of St. Louis, 1914

Laclede and the Missouri Indians, Pageant of St. Louis, 1914

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#68 Laclede in council with Missouri Indians, Pageant, 1914

Laclede in council with Missouri Indians, Pageant, 1914

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#69 Lafayette and old Alexander Bellesime, Pageant, 1914

Lafayette and old Alexander Bellesime, Pageant, 1914

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#70 Lewis and Clark arrive at St. Louis, Pageant of St. Louis, 1914

Lewis and Clark arrive at St. Louis, Pageant of St. Louis, 1914

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#71 Man with white hat holding ball, 1914

Man with white hat holding ball, 1914

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#72 Maya characters onstage, 1914

Maya characters onstage, 1914

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#73 Volunteer dancers performed as Mayas in the Masque of the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, 1914

Volunteer dancers performed as Mayas in the Masque of the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, 1914

The Masque started with Maya dancers and musicians entering across the great plaza. While priests performed a ceremony at the altar in front of the great mound, groups of men, boys and girls danced.

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#74 As the Masque of the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis began, the stage was set as an ancient temple of the Maya civilization.

As the Masque of the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis began, the stage was set as an ancient temple of the Maya civilization.

The performance started with Maya dancers and musicians entering across the great plaza. While priests performed a ceremony at the altar in front of the great mound, groups of men, boys and girls danced.

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#75 Maya dancing boy in the Masque of St. Louis, 1914

Maya dancing boy in the Masque of St. Louis, 1914

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#76 Mayor Bryan Mullanphy meets with committee members in a scene in the Pageant, Pageant and Masque of St. Louis.

Mayor Bryan Mullanphy meets with committee members in a scene in the Pageant, Pageant and Masque of St. Louis.

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#77 Members of the Swedish group who performed in the Masque, 1914

Members of the Swedish group who performed in the Masque, 1914

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#78 Men using machinery to drive piers into the water of the Grand Basin, Forest Park, for construction of the stage for the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, 1914

Men using machinery to drive piers into the water of the Grand Basin, Forest Park, for construction of the stage for the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, 1914

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#79 Men working in Forest Park on construction of the stage, 1914

Men working in Forest Park on construction of the stage, 1914

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#80 In an ending scene of the Pageant, Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, a group of men gather at a St. Louis newspaper office to get word of General Robert E. Lee’s surrender, ending the Civil War.

In an ending scene of the Pageant, Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, a group of men gather at a St. Louis newspaper office to get word of General Robert E. Lee's surrender, ending the Civil War.

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#81 Offstage, actors and horses await their turn performing in the Pageant, 1914

Offstage, actors and horses await their turn performing in the Pageant, 1914

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#82 Osage Indians and their chief in conference with their enemies, a scene from the Pageant, 1914

Osage Indians and their chief in conference with their enemies, a scene from the Pageant, 1914

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#83 Pageant and Masque construction, 1914

Pageant and Masque construction, 1914

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#84 Pageant and Masque set, 1914

Pageant and Masque set, 1914

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#85 Passers-by look over workers building the set for the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, 1914

Passers-by look over workers building the set for the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, 1914

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#86 Performance of the Maya dancers on the stage of the Masque, 1914

Performance of the Maya dancers on the stage of the Masque, 1914

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#87 Populace cheering the raising of the French flag, Day of the Three Flags, Pageant, 1914

Populace cheering the raising of the French flag, Day of the Three Flags, Pageant, 1914

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#88 Quenelle, fisherman, bringing warning of the coming of the English and Indians, Pageant, 1914

Quenelle, fisherman, bringing warning of the coming of the English and Indians, Pageant, 1914

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#89 Rehearsal with horses, 1914

Rehearsal with horses, 1914

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#90 Riders bring horses on stage for the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, 1914

Riders bring horses on stage for the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, 1914

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#91 Scene with horses, 1914

Scene with horses, 1914

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#92 Scotch group, Masque of St. Louis, 1914

Scotch group, Masque of St. Louis, 1914

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#93 Seats set up for performances of the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, 1914

Seats set up for performances of the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, 1914

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#94 Six women actresses standing, 1914

Six women actresses standing, 1914

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#95 Sketch of a French colonial style house, 1914

Sketch of a French colonial style house, 1914

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#96 Stage coach scene, Pageant of St. Louis, 1914

Stage coach scene, Pageant of St. Louis, 1914

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#97 Taillon and others. Laclede: ‘Well done, Taillon.’ Pageant, 1914

Taillon and others. Laclede: 'Well done, Taillon.' Pageant, 1914

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#98 The audience for the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis seated on Art Hill, 1914

The audience for the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis seated on Art Hill, 1914

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#99 A view of the audience for the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis seen from the stage in Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri.

A view of the audience for the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis seen from the stage in Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri.

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#100 The audience seated for performance of the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, 1914

The audience seated for performance of the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, 1914

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#101 The Christening of St. Louis, 1914

The Christening of St. Louis, 1914

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#102 The second scene of the allegorical Masque, Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, opens with the coming of the Pioneers, who call on an adult St. Louis, to lead them against the earth forces, led by Gold.

The second scene of the allegorical Masque, Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, opens with the coming of the Pioneers, who call on an adult St. Louis, to lead them against the earth forces, led by Gold.

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#103 As the Masque of the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis began, the stage was set as an ancient temple of the Maya civilization.

As the Masque of the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis began, the stage was set as an ancient temple of the Maya civilization.

The performance started with Maya dancers and musicians entering across the great plaza. While priests performed a ceremony at the altar in front of the great mound, groups of men, boys and girls danced.

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#104 The readying area for volunteers in Forest Park for the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, 1914

The readying area for volunteers in Forest Park for the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, 1914

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#105 Camera men and photographers record the stage of the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, the 1914 drama in Forest Park.

Camera men and photographers record the stage of the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, the 1914 drama in Forest Park.

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#106 The structure of the Great Bear, Wasapedan, loomed over the stage of the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis in Forest Park during construction, 1914

The structure of the Great Bear, Wasapedan, loomed over the stage of the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis in Forest Park during construction, 1914

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#107 The young Louis IX sits in the arms of Cahokia in a scene from the Masque, 1914

The young Louis IX sits in the arms of Cahokia in a scene from the Masque, 1914

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#108 Three men in a row boat clear debris from the Grand Basin, Forest Park, in preparation for performances of the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, 1914

Three men in a row boat clear debris from the Grand Basin, Forest Park, in preparation for performances of the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, 1914

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#109 Three women portray 19th century St. Louisans in the Pageant, 1914

Three women portray 19th century St. Louisans in the Pageant, 1914

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#110 Two men in American Indian dress in the Pageant, 1914

Two men in American Indian dress in the Pageant, 1914

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#111 View of Art Hill from Basin, 1914

View of Art Hill from Basin, 1914

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#112 View of audience walking on Art Hill, 1914

View of audience walking on Art Hill, 1914

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#113 View of the audience seated on Art Hill, Forest Park, for performances of the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, 1914

View of the audience seated on Art Hill, Forest Park, for performances of the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, 1914

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#114 View of the stage of the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis looking across the lagoon lit for evening performance of the Pageant of St. Louis.

View of the stage of the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis looking across the lagoon lit for evening performance of the Pageant of St. Louis.

The scene is set with actors portraying American militia and townspeople in early 19th century St. Louis, Missouri.

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#115 The audience’s view of the stage set for the Pageant, Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, 1914

The audience's view of the stage set for the Pageant, Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, 1914

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#116 Voyageur demanding of La Salle that he proceed no farther, Pageant, 1914

Voyageur demanding of La Salle that he proceed no farther, Pageant, 1914

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#117 Walking on the stage of the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, 1914

Walking on the stage of the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, 1914

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#118 Wooden piers placed in the Grand Basin, Forest Park, for construction of the stage for the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, 1914

Wooden piers placed in the Grand Basin, Forest Park, for construction of the stage for the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, 1914

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#119 Workmen put finishing touches on the stage of the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, 1914

Workmen put finishing touches on the stage of the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, 1914

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