Memorial Hall sketch — 1922
This week’s Out of the Attic item is an early sketch of Memorial Hall on the University of Delaware’s campus. The sketch was published in an October 1922 issue of the Newark Post, as UD and the state were beginning to raise money for the building, which was designed as a memorial to Delaware soldiers lost in World War I.
The fundraising campaign included a massive parade in Wilmington designed to raise awareness of the effort. UD students rode a special train to Wilmington and were joined by thousands of school children as they marched to Rodney Square. That event alone raised $34,000. People from around the state ing effort, joined including in the fundrais- Wilmington High School stu- dents, who donated $3,700; Newark High School students, who raised “quite a tidy sum” with a candy sale; and prisoners at the New
Castle County Workhouse, who pledged $25. The design changed a bit here ing from opened by the the time sketch in 1925. the shown build- The first building to serve both the men’s and wom- en’s campus, it served as UD’s library until the Morris Library opened in 1963. Memorial Hall now houses the English department.
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