by Mary Niehaus
An acrid smell of burning asphalt drifted through Baldwin Hall at the University of Cincinnati, warning of a fire on the roof. Engineering students would have time to get out of the building safely, but what about all the wonderful paintings on the walls, many of them gifts from graduates?
It was January 1920 when Anna Teasdale, Dean Herman Schneider's secretary, efficiently sounded the alarm -- and began fretting about the fate of the building's valuable artworks. Then she had an inspiration: Students could form a kind of art-saving brigade. According to witnesses, they "marched single-file from Baldwin into the winter air of the quadrangle," carrying the paintings out of harm's way.