Remembering the Great Fire of 1912
On November 29, 1912 – the night after Thanksgiving – a devastating fire
broke out in the Administration Building of the Maryland Agricultural College
(now known as the University of Maryland). The fire quickly spread to the
Barracks and destroyed both buildings, along with many student possessions and
school records. It took hours for volunteer fire departments to arrive, and the
most the students could do was save some belongings and college documents. The
campus community was devastated by the loss of their two main buildings, and the
future of the college was uncertain. But instead of accepting defeat, students,
faculty, and staff united to rebuild their small agricultural college into the
great university that UMD is today.
We are celebrating the
100th anniversary of the Great Fire of 1912 this Thursday,
November 29th. Join us in remembering this event by
following our #fire1912 coverage.
We will be reporting “live” as the fire
happened on the night of the 29th, as well as covering the events in
the days after the fire. You can follow all the coverage through our
blog, and find our
“live” reports on
For more information about the fire, please visit the
Archives’ comprehensive website (www.lib.umd.edu/univarchives/fire) about
this landmark event in university history. Also,
here to see CBS news coverage of the story.