Memoirs of a Gypsy Queen: The Story of Mary Carlson

Credits: Elizabeth Matson

A Northern State University Tradition

During Homecoming, Northern State University celebrates the Hall of Fame inductees, sports reunions, 1964 class reunion, and the induction of a new Gypsy Queen and Marshal. To go along with these events, the Northern State University Archives and Special Collections celebrate the crowning of our Gypsy Queen from 50 years ago: Mary Carlson, Gypsy Queen of 1964. This online exhibit contains the entirety of Mary’s scrapbook from her year as Queen. To see the full physical exhibit please visit the Beulah Williams Library.

This scrapbook was created by Bernice Webb, the 7th Gypsy Queen from when Northern was known as the Northern Normal and Industrial School. She was a lifelong Northern Wolf and Aberdeen citizen. She created scrapbooks for her the Queens that followed and was the Parade Marshal for the 1983 Gypsy Day Parade.