Mirecourt Hall was originally a male-only dormitory located in Few Quadrangle. In 1966, Mirecourt moved into the building now known as Edens 1A when the first air-conditioned dorms were constructed at the bottom of the hill. "Mirecretians," the affectionate name we have given to our members that make us all sound like Martians, were educated in the lore that Mirecourt was the name of a reclusive French monk who lived as a hermit in a secluded cave. Well, at least our name is French, as for the rest--not so much. Being unaffiliated with any fraternity, Mirecourt Hall was an "independent" men's dorm at the time of the move and the popular campus alternative to Greek life.
At this time, the sexes were strictly separated by campus, but by 1964 most such rules were abandoned and in 1968 females were invited to visit frequently. This obviously resulted in an aggressive amount of partying, although co-ed dorms were a future invention. After SHARE, Mirecourt was one of the first living groups to decide to allow girls to live in the house. With a few stints back to all male, we've been happily living the co-ed life ever since.
In the 1970s, Mirecourt House became a part of the Association of Independent Houses (AIH). The AIH was comprised of Buchanan, Canterbury, Lancaster, Lee, Manchester, Mirecourt, Tabard, Taylor, Warwick, Windsor, and York Houses, as well as B.O.G. (Bunch of Guys), an independent living group. In 1980, the infamous Memo Wars took place, consisting of a series of passive aggressive notes left in the Commons addressed to other members. Denizens divided amongst "the Herms" and "the Newts", depending on which side of the passive aggressive argument you were on. The Memo Wars marks the single most tumultuous saga in Mirecourt's history, though the group was able to recover. In 1982, the Delta Tau Delta fraternity attempted to move in and fill three floors of the house, causing unified protest among members. In the same year, the AIH was disbanded due to lack of house participation. Subsequently, Mirecourt joined the Edens Federation, which was established to represent the interests of undergraduates in Mirecourt House, Taylor House, Burton House, Lancaster House, Tabard House, and York House. In 1987 or so, Mirecourt became one of the first fully selective living groups and remained that way to the present.
In 1995, Mirecourt led the campus intiative among selective living groups for better representation under the Housing Advisory Council. One year later, Mirecourt moved to Craven House E, making a triumphant return to Main Quad. The idea for a combined representation for SLGs started to gain momentum, and other groups began to organize themselves together. Mirecourt decided it wasn't about that life, and nixed the proposal in 2001.
The move to House E was short-lived though. In 2002, the group moved to Craven's inner quad, occupying Houses R, S, VO, and VOO. Around this time, members decided to give Mirecourt an official date of establishment. Not knowing the exact year, they jokingly chose 1975 because it sounded official, knowing that the group had been around since at least a decade prior.
With Houses R, S, VO, and VOO, Mirecourt was the only contained living section on campus, meaning that no other group shared its designated hallways or spaces. The VOO, however, was detached from the other three hallways. While it added extra rooms to the living space, it was also halfway underground, and Mirecretians make a point of liking sunlight. Hence, it was abandoned in 2005, leaving R, S, and VO. The three hallways were linked in the Mirecourt Commons by the original spiral staircase on West Campus, a rusted, creaky, beautiful piece of art that all Mirecretians learned to love dearly.
In 2012, Mirecourt was relocated to House E once more. With the violent demolition of our beloved spiral staircase, Craven R and S were separated from the VO. However, Mirecourt's new section afforded it a larger living space, more single rooms, and newly renovated amenities, so it wasn't all bad.
As the only remaining member of the now defunct AIH, Mirecourt is the oldest non-Greek living group still in operation. We are also currently the largest living group, Greek or non-Greek, at Duke.