Pageantry In 1916, a celebration was in order to honor MIT’s big move. The best way to celebrate? Pageantry. The move was marked by an elaborate ceremonial barge that crossed the Charles River, a play called The Masque of Power, a pageant, and several other events. In the months leading up the events, The Tech was filled with calls for students to take part in the pageant, get sized for their costumes, and learn dances for the celebration.Student Groups While many MIT groups that existed in 1916 are still around today—like the track team and tennis team—some no longer exist, like the Wireless Society. In 1916, news at MIT often touted the annual Freshman versus Sophomore track meet or highlighted MIT athletics victories with special attention to those over Harvard and other Ivies.Elections and World News While MIT celebrated the joyous occasion of the move, global news remained tense during a world war and an election season. World news often focused on the European front, while national news highlighted the Republican primary battle and the run up to the 1916 election, which Woodrow Wilson won. With the right to vote for women still years off, news and editorials occasionally featured women suffragists making the case for the rights at MIT and in editorial columns in The Tech.And here are opportunities to join the celebration: April 7–9 and 14–16, 7:30 p.m. Arts: Small Infinities, a play by Professor Alan Brody Tickets available March 7 from Music and Theater Arts
April 12, noon–5:00 p.m. Symposium: Beyond 2016—MIT’s Frontiers of the Future Register
April 19 Day of Service, part of the Together in Service Program Learn more
April 23, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Open House—Under the Dome: Come Explore MIT Open to the public
May 7 Moving Day Daylong activities include a Crossing the Charles procession, a pageant, and all-community dance parties.
June 4, 9:00 p.m.–midnight Toast to Tech
Learn more online: MIT 2016: Celebrating a Century in Cambridge.