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What's on Display in the MCR?

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

When you walk through the Main Common Room (MCR) these days you might notice a slight change in the décor.

What once was the home of A. Felix duPont’s (the School’s founder) antique gun collection, are now beautifully crafted bookshelves.

Mr. duPont’s gun collection was donated to the School by his wife shortly after his death in 1948. Cases were built and installed in the Main Common Room where his collection was on display until their recent removal. Students as well as the adult community would often comment on the oddity of storing guns in a school setting. The guns have been removed and donated to the Hagley Museum in Wilmington, DE. Hagley houses a huge amount of the duPont family’s effects and it seemed only natural and fitting for his collection to be sent there for preservation.

The current shelving in the MCR is being used to promote upcoming guests and speakers along with books that they’ve authored and/or books that have been written about them. With the comfortable seating and the addition of a new collection of books, it gives the students another great space to relax and read.

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