is a private Ivy League research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, established in 1636, whose history, influence, and wealth have made it one of the world’s most prestigious universities
What was originally known as Alumni Hall—nine thousand square feet shaped by massive wooden trusses, walnut paneling, and a blue, stenciled ceiling—was dedicated in 1874.
Originally intended for formal occasions such as alumni dinners, it was almost immediately converted to a dining commons, and was for fifty years the college’s main dining hall (charging, in 1884, $3.97 for a month’s meals).
In 1893 the Harvard Graduates Magazine described “the throngs of men who, at one o’clock, are to be seen racing across the yard from Harvard, Boylston, and Sever [Halls], striving to reach [Memorial] Hall ahead of slower competitors for vacant seats at the overtaxed tables”.But “as the center of University life moved south toward the Charles, [the dining commons] became less popular and closed in 1925″ (see Harvard College § House system) after which Alumni Hall saw mostly light use, typically as a venue for dances, banquets, examinations, and the like. In 1934 The New York Times reported that Harvard officials had “at last found a use for Memorial Hall” by siting a rifle range in the basement.
During World War II the Crimson reported that “the Great Hall” was being used “in winter-time for the 6 o’clock in the morning calisthenics of the [military] Chaplain’s School” (though without explaining why Harvard Divinity students had been singled out for this treatment) and intimated that Stevens Laboratory, in the basement, “is doing secret work in acoustics.”
After extensive renovations, in 1996 the space was renamed Annenberg Hall and supplanted, as the freshmen dining hall, the Harvard Union, which had performed that function during most of the intervening time.
University of Oxford
Christ Church is a constituent college of the University of Oxford in England.
As well as being a college, Christ Church is also the cathedral church of the diocese of Oxford, namely Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford.
Yale University is an American private Ivy League research university in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded in 1701 in Saybrook Colony to train Congregationalist ministers, it is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States.
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