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MCEER Bulletin, Volume 20, Number 2, Summer 2006

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Volume 20, Number 2, Summer 2006

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Exhibit Commemorates 1906 San Francisco Earthquake

A City in Ruins sepia toned poster

Sofia A. Tangalos curated the MCEER Information Service (IS) commemorative centennial exhibit, City in Ruins: the San Francisco Earthquake and Fires of 1906. Her colleague, Jill Tarabula, proposed the project and David Pierro, MCEER graphic designer, developed the concept into a visual reality.

“Not in history has a modern imperial city been so completely destroyed.”

--Jack London, 1906

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Jill Tarabula, Sofia Tangalos and David Pierro pose in front of the exhibit case

The exhibit includes cases arranged thematically focusing on significant stages of the disaster: the earthquake and its physical destruction; the ensuing fires that raged for three days; the social and humanitarian efforts responding to 200,000 homeless and 3,000 deaths; the issues confronting segregated Chinatown before and after it was leveled; and the architectural and engineering ramifications of the catastrophe. An additional case is devoted to MCEER, highlighting the research efforts and accomplishments, especially those impacting San Francisco and California. A collection of nine famous personages who experienced the 1906 calamity are described in another display entitled Personal Stories. All the images displayed and resources included in the Sources are from either the IS or UB Libraries’ collections.

This collaborative effort is a first for the Information Service and has received attention both at UB and from local media. It benefited significantly from contributions from the UB Libraries and the Educational Technology Center.