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Elsa Eager, niece of Deerfield, Massachusetts' famed pageant director Margaret MacLauren Eager, performed in fifteen of her aunt's pageants between 1910 and 1917. After 1912 at the age of nineteen, she became dance director for these pageants. Unlike other dance professionals, she worked exclusively on pageants and was never formally trained. As a result, she performed an older style of dancing utilizing props, which were not common in symbolic dancing of the time. Her interests were not artistic or educational; she simply sought to entertain and involve the community.


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"Spirit of the Woods"

photographer   Frances and Mary Allen
date   1910-1916
location   Deerfield, Massachusetts
width   6.5"
height   8.5"
process/materials   platinum print
item type   Photograph/Photograph
accession #   #1996.14.0640

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"Pageant of Old Deerfield on the Grounds of the Allen Homestead"

Elsa Eager Ball (1893-1927) (Mrs. Arthur Ball) in Calash

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