Gail Hairston

1956 Time Capsule Found, Re-buried With 2014 Items

Published: Apr 28, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 28, 2014) — In late September 2013, an observant member of the construction team demolishing the Cooperstown residence halls spotted something unusual in a scoop of broken brick and splintered wood. He hopped off the excavator to investigate what his machine had unearthed. It was an old, rusted metal box wrapped in an equally old, cracked green oilcloth. Asked later, the workman could not say exactly where the box had been buried, although he thought it came from under the foundation or hidden within the walls of one of the Cooperstown buildings.

 

The mysterious box turned out to be a time capsule that had been protecting a tiny slice of University of Kentucky history for 57 years. Based on the two yellow newspapers found in the time capsule, it was buried on or about Sept. 22, 1956, by parties unknown. No record of the 1956 time capsule or who buried it, can be found in the university’s histories.

 

Today, university officials will bury a new time capsule, one that contains all of the 1956 items plus 2014 mementos. The burial site, not far from where the 1956 items were found, will be between Woodland Glen I and Woodland Glen II. Inscriptions on a plaque will instruct the UK Class of 2064 to open and enjoy their Wildcat roots. The community is invited to view the time capsule items at 10:30 a.m., in the Alumni Gallery at William T. Young Library.

 

“In 2064,” said UK President Eli Capilouto, “the campus will be dramatically transformed by those whose foresight and fortitude envisioned a robust, residential research university for Kentucky and those we touch and teach across the world. In profound ways, we will remain the Commonwealth’s indispensable institution for the next 50 years and beyond.”

 

The 1956 time capsule included:

·       Lexington phonebook

·       Course catalogue

·       UK phonebook

·       An admissions piece, serving a purpose similar to today’s Viewbook

·       Campus map

·       UK Bulletin

·       Class schedule

·       Student housing guide

·       The Louisville Courier-Journal, dated Sept. 22, 1956

·       The Lexington Herald, also dated Sept. 22, 1956

 

“Time capsules provide future generations a glimpse into an earlier time and place. For the time capsule makers of 1956 we are that generation. For the generation 50 years from now, our time capsule will allow them to hold a piece of 2014, to reflect upon the past, and perhaps most importantly, to see that the changes happening today were being made for them,” said Deirdre Scaggs, associate dean of UK Libraries’ Special Collections.

 

1956 was a year that Korean War veterans moved into the new Cooperstown residence halls, when female students wore calf-length “poodle” skirts with white bobby socks and saddle oxfords, when male students attended class wearing suits with broad lapels and skinny ties, when both UK basketball and UK football were played on Euclid Avenue and there was no Avenue of Champions. In 1956, the UK Medical Center, Commonwealth Stadium, Rupp Arena, Patterson Office Tower, Classroom Building, most of today's residence halls, and many other familiar campus buildings did not exist — even as blueprints.

 

Computers were the size of a large room, weighed tons and used vacuum tubes. Restricted to desks, walls and tabletops, telephones were large and bulky, with rotary dials; cellular service technology did not yet exist. Televisions were housed in heavy floor-standing consoles with relatively small screens; most home models were black and white as the first color broadcast took place only two years earlier, the 1954 Tournament of Roses Parade. It would be another 10 years before the first all-color television viewing season was launched, only three years before man landed on the moon for the first time.

 

“While our society and our university has changed many times since 1956, we have cherished a sense of transformation and momentum for the Commonwealth to fulfill the promises of our ancestors to this state and the students who attend our university,” said Penny Cox, director of Housing Project Implementation and New Strategies. 

 

Cox was instrumental in securing the integrity of the 57-year-old items and procuring 2014 items for the larger time capsule to be buried beneath the walkway separating Woodland Glen I and II. Instructions will be left on a ground-level plaque to open the new time capsule in 2064.

 

The 2014 time capsule will contain:

·       All items found in the 1956 time capsule

·       April 28, 2014, copy of the Lexington Herald Leader

·       April 28, 2014, copy of the Kentucky Kernel

·       April 28, 2014, copy of the Courier Journal

·       Letter from SGA President Roshan Palli

·       Letter from President Eli Capilouto

·       K Book

·       Campus map

·       Viewbook

·       Current budget/financial statements

·       2014 Final Four T-shirt

·       Current Master Plan

·       Banners photo

·       DanceBlue item

·       Student Center 75th Anniversary item

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Gail Hairston, 859-257-3302, gail.hairston@uky.edu; or Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716, whitney.hale@uky.edu

both_contents2.jpg1956_contents.jpg2014_contents.jpgfun_1956.jpg1955_campus_aerial_shot.jpgcooperstown_1956.jpgphoto_2.jpgphoto_1.jpg
October
 
 
 
1
Internship Info Session
LNFS Presents: Dallas Buyers Club
College of Law Welcomes Trevor Potter
Wed
2
Dancing at Lughnasa
LNFS Presents: Notes on Marie Menken
LNFS Presents: Edge of Tomorrow
UK Jazz Ensemble/ UK Lab Band
Earth & Environmental Science Student Open House
"Nerd Night" Exhibit and Concert
"Anne Braden: Southern Patriot" Film Screening and Discussion
Thu
3
Dancing at Lughnasa
LNFS Presents: My Neighbor Totoro
LNFS Presents: (500) Days of Summer
Men's Soccer vs. Old Dominion
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Alabama
Fri
4
Dancing at Lughnasa
Kentucky Football vs. South Carolina
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
Rock Climbing @ Red River Gorge
Cross Cultural Workshop 2014
Sat
5
Dancing at Lughnasa
Cross Cultural Workshop 2014
UK Children's Hospital/Birthing Center Annual Perinatal Loss "Walk To Remember"
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Texas A&M
Sun
6
Dancing at Lughnasa
Murals of Baltimore
Resumes and Cover Letters
Women of the World: Judy Smith
Mon
7
Dancing at Lughnasa
Murals of Baltimore
Networking and Job Search
UK Choristers
Rock Star Professionalism Series
Stillness in Motion: The Essence of Symmetry - presented by Dr. Carl Lee, Mathematics
Tue
8
Dancing at Lughnasa
Murals of Baltimore
LNFS Presents: Night of the Living Dead
UK Law Day
Wed
9
Dancing at Lughnasa
Murals of Baltimore
LNFS Presents: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Mark Berry, Guest Percussion Recital
LNFS Presents: Torch Song Trilogy
Thu
10
Dancing at Lughnasa
LNFS Presents: Shut Up and Play the Hits
LNFS Presents: Watchmen
KLJ Data Privacy Symposium
Kentucky Women's Soccer vs. South Carolina
Family Weekend: Derek Hughes
Fri
11
Dancing at Lughnasa
Kentucky Football vs. ULM
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
UK International Tent/ Tailgate Party
CT Surgery Symposium: Advances in the Surgical Management of Cardiothoracic Diseases:
Sat
12
Dancing at Lughnasa
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Auburn
Men's Soccer vs. Marshall
Sun
13
 
Mon
14
Job Club - Social Media and Your Career
Massage on the Go
Tue
15
LNFS Presents: The Last Samurai
UK Symphony Band Concert
#TrendingTopics: Pornography vs. Morality
Wed
16
Career Assessment Workshop
LNFS Presents: The Tree of Life
LNFS Presents: Guardians of the Galaxy
UK Wind Symphony
Thu
17
LNFS Presents: Princess Mononoke
LNFS Presents: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Kentucky Women's Soccer vs. Ole Miss
Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
Fri
18
Paint the Town Blue
Free Kaplan Entrance Practice Exams
4th Annual Big Blue Soccer Tournament
Men's Soccer vs. New Mexico
Sat
19
Paint the Town Blue
UK Men's Chorus and acoUstiKats
Jazz Spectacular
Kentucky Volleyball vs. LSU
Kentucky Women's Soccer vs. Florida
Sun
20
Paint the Town Blue
Midterm of 2014 Fall Semester
Grad School 101
Royalty Showcase
Mon
21
Graduate and Professional School Prep Week: Preparing for Law School
Graduate and Professional School Prep Week: Grad School Panel: Surviving Your 1st Year
Graduate and Professional School Showcase
Graduate and Professional School Prep Week
Graduate and Professional School Prep Week
Kitty Karnival
Tue
22
Study Tips for Medical School
LNFS Presents: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Getting Into Medical School
Wed
23
Writing a Winning Personal Statement
Career Assessment Workshop
LNFS Presents: Marimbas From Hell
LNFS Presents: The Fault in Our Stars
Homecoming Street Fair
Thu
24
LNFS Presents: Kiki's Delivery Service
LNFS Presents: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Fri
25
Kentucky Football vs. Mississippi State
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
Sat
26
UK Women's Choir and Paws and Listen
Bill Cooper Faculty Recital
Sun
27
UK Trumpet Ensemble
Mon
28
Job Club - How To Get A Job at UK: Updates on IES Applicant Tracking System
Tue
29
Internship Info Session
LNFS Presents: The Shining
Pinterest Party
Leadership Assessment
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Tennessee
Wed
30
Career Assessment Workshop
LNFS Presents: Lucy
LNFS Presents: Papirosen
Kentucky Women's Soccer vs. Alabama
Thu
31
LNFS Presents: ParaNorman
LNFS Presents: Carrie
All Hallow's Eve Concert (UK Symphony Orchestra)
Work-Life Retirement Conference
Fri
 
Oct 01
Internship Info Session 10/01/2014

Wed, 10/01/2014

Thu, 10/02/2014 - Sun, 10/12/2014

Reset Page