MISSION

The commemoration of the 1906 earthquake at Stanford University aims to increase community awareness of the effect of the earthquake on the university campus, and broaden understanding of the way this event has contributed to technological advances in seismic hazard and earthquake preparedness and mitigation. Commemoration activities will inform the public about Stanford's own experiences of destruction and rebuilding after both the 1906 and the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquakes and broaden understanding of earthquakes and their effects on structures. As a member of the 1906 Earthquake Centennial Alliance, Stanford will use these activities to complement the Alliance's region-wide efforts to highlight progress in earthquake preparedness and the role of this disaster in the history of Northern California.


MISSION OF EARTHQUAKE CENTENNIAL ALLIANCE:

Use the centennial of the 1906 earthquake to highlight a century of progress in understanding earthquake hazards and reducing risks as well as to commemorate the cultural and social response to this historic event.


OBJECTIVES OF THE UNIVERSITY, FROM THE FOUNDING GRANT:

"To qualify students for personal success and direct usefulness in life; and to promote the public welfare by exercising an influence on behalf of humanity and civilization, teaching the blessings of liberty regulated by law, and inculcating love and reverence for the great principles of government as derived from the inalienable rights of man to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."