The History of Fire & Fire Safety at MHC

  • 1894, South Hadley Congregational Church fire.
  • 1896, View of Seminary ruins from College Street.
  • 1896, Seminary ruins.
  • 1917, Students sort through the rubble of Williston after a fire.
  • 1903, Students practice climbing out of a dorm window during a fire drill.
  • 1920, Students practice carrying a fire hose to window during fire drill.
  • 1920, Students practice carrying buckets of water during a fire drill.
  • 1922, The original Rockefeller Hall fire.
  • 1922, The original Rockefeller Hall fire.
  • 1922, Newspaper article about the Rockefeller Hall fire.
  • 1931, Fire in Dwight Memorial Hall.
  • 1943, Sleepy students exit the dorm during a fire drill.
  • 1985, College Inn fire.
  • 1986, Fire at the Odyssey Bookshop, one year after its original location burned down.

Many of Mount Holyoke’s buildings have been partially or completely destroyed by fire over the years. See more photographs at the Archives and Special Collection’s Pinterest board.

» Read how fire drills have changed between 1920 and 2014 in the article, “Then & Now: Fire Drills,” from the winter 2015 Alumnae Quarterly.