WJZ Video: Residents Mark 100th Anniversary Of College Park Fire

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WJZ) — One hundred years ago this week, fire swept through the College Park campus of what is now the University of Maryland. Alex DeMetrick takes a look back at… Continue reading

Reveille Report: December 5, 1912

WUSA Video: Anne Turkos recalls the Great Fire of 1912

Check out this news story from WUSA about the Great Fire of 1912: Read more on their site.

Washington Post: Fire hampers Aggies’ work

The following is a typed transcript of the article shown on the left.  FIRE HAMPERS AGGIES’ WORK Track and Basketball Candidates Will Be Unable to Practice for Some Time.  Special to The Washington Post. … Continue reading

Washington Post: Capt. Silvester Resigns

The following is a typed transcript of the article shown on the left. CAPT. SILVESTER RESIGNS Ill Health Causes Retirement of M.A.C. President. Made President  Emeritus and Librarian of School—Committee to Select His… Continue reading

Reveille Report: December 4, 1912

Reveille Report: December 3, 1912

Remembering the fire — a look back from 1913

As a result of the Great Fire, the destruction at the Maryland Agricultural College was so great that many people assumed the college could not go on.  However, students and faculty banded together… Continue reading

Washington Post: Burned College Looted

BURNED COLLEGE LOOTED. Students’ Property Saved From Fire Is Stolen by Strangers. College Park, Md., Dec. 1. — Many hundred people today visited the scene of the destructive fire at the Maryland Agricultural… Continue reading

If M.A.C. Burned.

In the aftermath of the fire, an alum remembered this poem from the 1897 yearbook:

100 Years Later: The Blaze That Built Maryland

The buildings were still smoldering as day broke on Nov. 30, 1912. Exhausted cadets stood among the scattered effects salvaged the night before: damaged trunks, a charred bureau, a basket of papers. They… Continue reading

To the Barracks

BEFORE Believe me, if all those entrancing old scenes, which my mind so intensely recalls, were to change by tomorrow and fade into dreams, like the glories of far distant Halls; thou would’st… Continue reading

Please claim you belongings!

Students – there are still several trunks and pieces of furniture on the lawn. Please claim and move these items by 1pm today.

CNS: Great Fire of 1912 Helped Spark New Path For University of Maryland

Check out this 2012 coverage from Capital News Service! Great Fire of 1912 Helped Spark New Path For University of Maryland.

Women’s heroic efforts praised!

No account of the events of last night would be complete without mention of the bravery of our fair guests at the Thanksgiving dance.  How can we ever show our gratitude for the… Continue reading

One last chance to claim belongings tonight

Students – we request you claim any remaining belongings before sunset tonight. If you can identify and claim any belongings of your roommates or friends, please do so.

More trunks and furniture still waiting to be claimed

Students – many trunks and other belongings are still unclaimed. Several dressers and chairs are scattered amongst the trunks. You are strongly urged to find and remove your belongings before the evening hours.

Map of MAC Campus, 1912

Follow the final path of the fire, and check out the other buildings that were on campus! Click here to explore.

Rescued belongings on lawn!

Students – please note the items in this photograph. If you recognize any of them as yours, please come pick them up off the lawn. Items include several trunks, a chair, assorted books,… Continue reading

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