On Wednesday, October 2, Linden Hall celebrated its 100th Gretna Day! Gretna Day has been a Linden Hall tradition since October 1919. It started as a birthday celebration of Dr. F. William Stengel, the headmaster from 1915-1947.
Every year, as October comes around, the excitement starts to build on the Linden Hall campus. On October 2, the entire Linden Hall community participated and celebrated the 100th Gretna Day! From horse-drawn carts to trucks, and now to buses, Linden Hall students love making the trek to Mt. Gretna every year. Once there, students enjoyed a day away from classes with roller skating, hiking, posing with balloons and fun props, and a picnic lunch. When everyone arrived back on campus, they also enjoyed cake to celebrate the occasion and continued the fun by playing games in the courtyard.
Gretna Day stays with our students long after they graduate, and it remains one of our alumnae's favorite memories of their time here. To help celebrate this momentous occasion in Linden Hall's history, alumnae were also invited to join us at Gretna Day. We had four alumnae join us up in Mt. Gretna and three of them eagerly put on skates to relive memories. Thank you to Patty Conrad Hartman '73, Zara Davies-Kohr '01, Stacey Deist Lindsay '02, and Irene Diem Rollman '56 for coming back to add another Gretna Day to your memories!