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Audience perspective of Deerfield's historical pageant

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The popularity of historical pageants in the early 20th century reveals nostalgia for earlier time. This photograph of a pageant in Deerfield, Massachusetts, was taken on a hot summer day. It captures the sharing of history by the audience and the presenters. The distance between the performers and the audience necessarily limited the dialogue but music and pantomime served to strengthen the dramatic impact.


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