Arcadia Days... The Old Way

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Arcadia Daze is an annual three-day event in Arcadia, Michigan featuring a variety of events, music, food, arts & crafts, dancing, a parade, and more. Early in the last century, our ancestors gathered for Arcadia Days, but as the following program illustrates, the events were very different.

 

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Arcadia Days 1918 Program Cover
Arcadia Days was held on a Thursday and Friday in the Arcadia school auditorium.

Arcadia Days was a two-day event held in the spring in the school auditorium. It included lectures on agriculture, penmanship, citizenship, and self improvement; music and songs by the school band and the glee club; flag drills; and awards for schoolwork, farm produce, and baked goods.

The awards and topics give us a glimpse into the attitudes of the times. A student could win 50 cents for the best penmanship or the best composition on "Doing Our Bit." A dollar was the prize for the "Best Prepared Substitute for Mixed Wheat Flour." Home Economics subjects included "War Bread" and "Meat Substitutes."

 

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