First held on September 17, 1895, Dartmouth Night was introduced by President William Jewett Tucker to give the College a day to invite alumni back to their alma mater and to unequivocally celebrate their achievements. It was an immediate success.
On that first night, alumni, faculty, and students gathered in a historic building called “The Old Chapel,” which was decorated for the occasion with paintings of famous alumni such as Daniel Webster, Class of 1801, and Thaddeus Stevens, Class of 1814, and the founder of the College, Eleazar Wheelock.
Dartmouth Night wasn’t publicly associated with football until 1923, when the new stadium—Memorial Field—was dedicated.
Read more on the tradition from Dartmouth Alumni.
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This photo from Dartmouth Night 1964’s bonfire graced the cover of Dartmouth Alumni Magazine the next month.