Tree Night 1917
Tree Night, 1917 Class Book

The Class of 1895 was the first senior class to plant a tree to perpetuate its memory.  This night held bittersweet memories because the girls would soon graduate and leave their Dana days behind them.   It was held on a night in May when the moon was full. Clad in picturesque kimonos and holding glowing lanterns, the

Tree night, c. 1942
Tree Night, c. 1942

girls were led to the secret location of the tree planting ceremony.  Using the spade adorned with ribbons of the classes before them, the class officers planted the tree and would in turn tie their class colors on the Spade.  After the ceremony the girls proceeded to headmistress’ house where they would serenade her with their Tree Night song in an expression of the heartfelt appreciation and love for their years at Dana.  The junior and sophomore classes would then join the seniors and sing their class songs.