On April 24, 2006, people from throughout campus and the community gathered outside of Blair Hall to rededicate the building, two years after it was nearly destroyed by fire.
Speakers were President Lou Hencken, Board of Trustees Chairwoman Julie Nimmons, faculty member Janet Cosbey, Dean Will Hine, student body President Ryan Berger and Charleston Mayor John Inyart.
The following photos, taken by Jana Johnson, provide a glimpse of the event.
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|Charleston Fire and Rescue Department Assistant Chief Pat Goodwin (left) and Chief Kris Phipps||EIU President Lou Hencken speaks|
|The view from a tent on the Blair Hall parking lot||Charleston Mayor John Inyart, a volunteer firefighter at the time of the Blair Hall blaze|
|A U.S. flag hangs from Charleston's ladder truck||Janet Cosbey from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology helps cut the ribbon|
|Harold Marker, left, attended school in Blair Hall as a child. Here, Marker shows Hencken an old class photo that includes his sister.|