Penn History

This exhibit was created in August 2004 by DiAnna Hemsath

Cremation parade, 1883
“We the Class of 1911, according to immemorial custom, -an evolution from the days of the Inquistion, from the methods of our own aborigines, and the practices of the Puritan Fathers-do hereby burn in effigy those Professors of our dear and honored University who by popular choice have been condemned to die for annulling our rights, taking away our leisure hours, giving us stones for bread, pressing on us preventives to sleep, and in general, for rendering Life a Funeral to us.”

– From Class Record, 1911

Cremation, burning of professors and books, 1911
Cremation, ceremonial fire, 1879