Talk:Memorial Hall (Harvard University)

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Tower Chronology[edit]

Although the tower has been fully restored, for many years its top was missing. The tower is a landmark, visible from many places in Cambridge and surrounding cities and towns, and the chronology of its removal and restoration would be of interest. Monomoit (talk) 00:32, 9 March 2008 (UTC)

Confederate Memorial[edit]

Memorial Hall is explicitly not a memorial to the alumni of Harvard who fought for the Confederacy. There has been discussion of a Confederate Memorial at Harvard many times, most recently after Ken Burns' Civil War series in 1994, but no memorial has ever been constructed or will probably ever be constructed. Mem Hall is strictly Union only. 71.61.0.52 (talk) 17:35, 16 February 2009 (UTC)

Do you think? How many of the Yankees who went to Harvard would have fought for the Confeds? think about it? very few. Harvard went through this in the 1950s around the couple German alumns who fought for Nazi Germany in WW2; no their names were not placed on any memorial. Sure, Harvard may have had a few Southern gentlemen who fought for CSA, but not very many, and that's not where the sympathies of most folks at Harvard and in Boston at the time lay or what they sought to commemorate in what was a bastion of Radical Republican and Abolitionist sentiment at the time. The film "Glory" depicts the marble plaques to Harvard's union dead in Memorial Hall in its opening scene, a sacrifice Harvard can be rightfully proud of. A similar monument, prominently placed, exists at MIT dedicated to its World War 2 dead.
Honestly... what makes people think that uninformed speculation is helpful to discussions such as this? As I recall (don't ask how I know this -- I have a head for such minutiae) 57 Harvard men died in gray. Compared to the 136 blue Crimson deaths this is hardly just a "few" (sorry to say). EEng (talk) 06:42, 13 November 2012 (UTC)

Merge from Sanders Theater[edit]

I think it's more than natural that Mem Hall and Sanders be treated in a single article. I can't imagine this could be controversial, so I'm just going to go ahead. (If someone points out some reason this is actually a numbskull idea, I'll be happy to undo the damage myself.)

Despite the adminsitrative joinder with Lowell Lecture Hall, I don't think it's appropriate to merge that topic in as well. (Doesn't seem to be an article on it yet anyway.)

Angels-dancing-on-head-of-a-pin question[edit]

Should the merged article be simply Memorial Hall (Harvard University) or Memorial Hall and Sanders Theater (Harvard University) i.e. is Sanders a part of Mem Hall, or its co-equal, so to speak. Whatever the formal, historical answer may be, combining WP:NAMINGCRITERIA with [1] points to simply Memorial Hall (Harvard University) as the right choice. (Historical formalities can be clarified in the article.) Naturally there will be redirects from:

  • Annenberg Hall (Harvard University)
  • Sanders Theater This is the title of the current Sanders article
  • Sanders Theater (Harvard University)
  • Loker Commons (Harvard University)
  • Memorial Transept (Harvard University)
  • Alumni Hall (Harvard University)
  • Delta (dabpage)
  • Registration Hurry-Up-and-Wait Hall (Harvard University) Just kidding!
  • anything else...??

EEng (talk) 01:55, 4 November 2012 (UTC)

Additional sources[edit]

Potential image sources (subject to copyright check)[edit]

  • [2] Fantastic images -- most are likely out of copyright. (Note they cribbed their text from WP!)
  • [3] Commons category, Harvard bldgs
  • interior, unqualified -- abundant potential image sources via Google

No rest for the wicked[edit]

From [4] Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches (1905):

...an enormous clock on the tower of Memorial Hall detonates the hours in a manner which is by no means conducive to the sleep of the just and the rest of the weary.

(Of course, the Lowell House bells now perform that function, at least on Sundays.) EEng (talk) 03:42, 19 May 2013 (UTC)

"[D]etonates the hours"! One has got to admire such imaginative use of English. Highly suitable for inclusion in the article. Hertz1888 (talk) 04:13, 19 May 2013 (UTC)
Right now the article's so skeletal there isn't even a mention of the clock, so I parked it here temporarily knowing you'd enjoy it -- naturally you will check out the source, which is full of the kind of stuff you and I both love. EEng (talk) 05:17, 19 May 2013 (UTC)