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title:

Memorial Fund Drive bonfire after the fund reached $413,000

image number:

P0034284

description:

The fire took place at midnight on the night of March 8, 1922.

This image appeared in the March 30, 1922 edition of The Indiana Daily Student. The title above the image reads "Celebrate Victory with Bonfire". The caption below reads, in full: "Round the swirling, roaring bonfire danced 2,000 joyous students, writhing in serpentine coils and sending forth undulating shouts of triumph over the roofs of the sleeping city. Two thousand voices rang out in 'Indiana' chorus, 2,000 happy faces flashed back the roseate glow of the firelight.

The 'Series', Indiana's famous yell, crashed out from 2,000 straining throats and the 'rumbling Monon thundered on the midnight air. Nine rahs for Noble Butler, Nine rahs for Libbets Johnston and nine rahs for Prexy Bryan re-echoed thru Dunn Meadow.

Symbolic in its meaning was this phoenix-like blaze, for in the leaping flames the students saw near-future martyrdom for the long-standing rubbish heap which has for years disgraced a corner of our campus. The glowing embers reflected to them visions of new structures soon to be born to grace our campus, and from the flying sparks they caught the spirit of a greater Indiana."

The Memorial Fund Drive raised money for the construction of Memorial Hall, the 10th Street Memorial Stadium, and the Indiana Memorial Union building.

Another bonfire was held the night of March 7, 1923.

date taken:

1922 March 7or 8

photographer studio:

Hutchinson, William (as artist)

accession number:

7871

building name:

Student Building (1906)

corporate name:

Memorial Fund Campaign

event name:

Memorial Fund Campaign

topic:

Fire

topic:

Fund raising

topic:

Drawings

topic:

Art

city:

Bloomington

state:

Indiana

other place name:

Dunn Meadow

series:

Groups

subseries:

Memorial Fund Drive