Threat of War: 1940 Gymkhana
The building tensions related to the war in Europe were on display at the 1940 Gymkhana. Typically a day of silliness and revelry with sports contests and games showcasing athletic skills, the 1940 Gymkhana illustrated the more serious concerns that were prevalent in islander’s thoughts.
Anti-Nazi sentiment was on display at the 1940 Gymkhana
DUCKING HITLER TEMPTS
GYMKHANA MIDWAY CROWD
“Monhegan visitors gave a vigorous demonstration of their opinion of Nazidom Saturday afternoon when a ducking Hitler sideshow outdrew all other attractions at the Gymkhana midway. Jay Connaway, as Hitler on a swastika emblazoned rostrum, offered a target for ball throwers that tempted many to vent their feelings.”