Me­mo­rial Hall sketch — 1922

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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.

Out of the At­tic is pro­duced in part­ner­ship with the Ne­wark His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety. The Ne­wark His­tory Mu­seum, lo­cated in the old train sta­tion un­der the South Col­lege Av­enue bridge is open by ap­point­ment De­cem­ber through March. Ad­mis­sion is free. For more info, call 302-234-4145 or visit www.newarkde­his­tor­i­cal­so­ci­ety.org. Do you have an old photo to share with Ne­wark Post read­ers? Con­tact ed­i­tor Josh Shan­non at 443-907-8437 or jshan­non@newark­pos­ton­line.com.

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