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Found in the Archives: Ending of the Great War

On Nov. 11, 1918, Germany signed the armistice, ending the Great War. At 4am local time in Ashburnham, the church bells started ringing, waking the whole town. Cushing girls were sent back to their rooms in Lowe Hall until the rising bell rang at 5am, but the boys of Ash House paraded about town shouting with joy. At 6am, there was an impromptu parade through the streets. Headmaster Cowell was at the head of the procession carrying an immense flag. The students followed, shouting and singing, until they lost their voices. In the afternoon, the town held their own parade, with the Cushing community joining in with a float. On the float. one of the teachers was dressed as Lady Liberty and Dr. Cowell as Uncle Sam. At 4:30pm, the students went to the Main Building and proceeded to dance the night away – boys and girls together, an incredibly rare occurrence at the time. They were sent to bed at 9:30pm after a long day celebrating the victory. Approximately 250 Cushing alumni and faculty members were in the service during the war.

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