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Photos from Rededication of Historic Blair Hall


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.

To read media coverage of the rededication, click on the following links: The Daily Eastern News; Journal Gazette/Times-Courier.

The following photos, taken by Jana Johnson, provide a glimpse of the event.

Please click on each thumbnail to view a larger photo.

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.  



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