Five Things You Should Know About Winter Carnival History

On February 7, 2014 by Grad Forum

winter_carnival_NowWhat Dartmouth event inspired a Hollywood movie, triggered an eight-mile traffic jam on the roads leading into Hanover in 1952, and was called “the Mardi Gras of the North” by National Geographic? If you guessed Winter Carnival, you are correct!

Created in 1910 at the suggestion of Dartmouth Outing Club founder Fred Harris, Class of 1911, what began as the “first field day of the Outing Club,” has grown over its 100-plus years into one of Dartmouth’s most cherished traditions. The event has received TV coverage from NBC’s Today Show among others, and attracted such notable visitors as author F. Scott Fitzgerald, who traveled to Hanover in 1939 to write the screenplay for Winter Carnival with Budd Schulberg ’36.

To read more, see Dartmouth Now.

View the 2014 Winter Carnival schedule here.

photo courtesy of Rauner Special Collections Library

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