View of the Past: Historical pageant “This is Our Town” presented in Community Park, 1954

Fred Hangsleben as Father Time

This week’s view is of Fred Hangsleben in full costume for his role as Father Time during the O’Fallon Centennial celebration in 1954.  Among the many spectacles during the event was the dramatic historical pageant “This is Our Town” presented in Community Park the evenings of Aug. 26 and 27.  The sprawling 10 episode epic opened with a herald greeting the audience and making way for the “Spirit of O’Fallon” dressed in silver and white queenly attire on a raised pedestal in a cloud of smoke.  She summons Father Time (played by Hangsleben) who is followed by the Dance of the Hours — 24 girls in pastel colors doing an intricate fountain dance.  Nearly 10,000 came to see the pageant over the two nights.
(Contributed by Brian Keller, O’Fallon Historical Society)

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