UI Hancher Construction Site Ceremony Honoring Fallen Workers

Saturday, June 29, 4:00 pm, Park Road, Iowa City (Click here for map)

UI’s Hancher Auditorium, destroyed by flood damage in 2008, will soon break ground on a new building. During a site dedication ceremony this weekend, Hancher will honor the memory of workers—two members of the Carpenters union and one member of the Laborers—who lost their lives in a major accident during the construction of Hancher. When the original auditorium opened in 1972, a Workers’ Memorial Committee made up of union members and student activists pushed UI leaders to honor the three workers at the building’s dedication, and a memorial tree was planted on site with a plaque that reads as follows: This tree grows in living memory of Jack T. Hain, Glen A. Heeren, and Oscar Tappan, Jr. who lost their lives in an accident at the construction site of Hancher Auditorium, December 1970. Saturday’s outdoor ceremony will include musical performances and a short march from the old building to new site; seating is not provided and attendees are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you require an accommodation to attend, call 319-335-1140 in advance or e-mail connie-tipsword@uiowa.edu.

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