Sadie Hawkins Day with FFA Boys


Photograph of a young man running a gauntlet of classmates trying to whip him with belts on the Shawnee Mission Rural High School football field in 1940 or 1941. The young men are members of the school's chapter of Future Farmers of America. The photograph is part of the 1940-1941 Future Farmers of America "Recreation" scrapbook. A note included with the photo reads: "SADIE HAWKINS DAY: At irregular intervals a secret date is agreed upon by the school vice-president and the chapter advisor. This day, unknown at the time by chapter members, is the time when all members who receive pink slips (unexcused absences and tardies) are sent through the belt line manned only by chapter members. No one knows when he receives a pink slip whether or not that was one of the fateful days until the day after. This is all in fun and voluntary."

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7401 Johnson Drive
Overland Park, KS
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Civil War on the Western Border: The Missouri-Kansas Conflict,1855-1865.
The Pendergast Years, Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression.
KC History, Missouri Valley Special Collections at the Kansas City Public Library.