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Maihaugen Gallery Exhibit

The Great Stride: MIT Moves to Cambridge

February 22, 2016 - November 30, 2016

Illustration of the Great Stride across the Charles River MIT was one of the initial occupants of Boston’s Back Bay in the 1860s, but within 40 years there was little vacant acreage for the maturing Institute to acquire in the rapidly developing neighborhood. By the early 20th century MIT began to explore in earnest for a new site. This exhibit celebrates MIT’s move in 1916 across the Charles River to its current location in Cambridge. The Great Stride illuminates the people who envisioned, labored, and provided the resources to build the “New Technology,” and celebrates the three days of festivities and dedication in June of 1916 which hailed the new campus.