The Great Fire of 1912

Barracks burning, November 29, 1912
On November 29, 1912 -the night after Thanksgiving – a devastating fire broke out in the main campus building, the Administration Building. The fire quickly spread to the Barracks and destroyed many student possessions and school records. It took hours for volunteer fire departments to arrive, and the most students could do was save what possessions they could and form a bucket line. This photo was taken by Edwin Powell, a student at the college. Click the link below to see more of Powell’s photos, read first-hand accounts of the event and newspaper articles, and learn about the aftermath of the fire.

Visit The Great Fire exhibit to learn more about the 1912 fire.

Check out our #fire1912 blog all this week to learn about the fire and MAC student life in 1912. Watch out for live coverage of the fire on the night of the 29th!


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