Friday, May 2, 2014

UK Libraries hosts time capsule unveiling

In September of 2013, a construction worker doing demolition of the Cooperstown residential complex on the UK campus was surprised to find a metal box, wrapped in cracked oilcloth, in the debris. Upon opening the box, campus leaders found that it contained a time capsule of items for 1956. Items including UK brochures, local newspapers, a Lexington phone book, and other materials of the day were in excellent condition, and offered a window into the year the Cooperstown complex was built.

On Monday of this week, a group of faculty, staff, administrators, and students gathered in the Alumni Gallery of William T. Young Library to inspect the uncovered items, and to dedicate a new time capsule containing the 1956 items as well as items from 2014. The time capsule will be buried at the new Woodland Glen residential complex (on the site of Cooperstown), and will be marked with a plaque instructing the UK community to open it in 2064.

A news conference marked the event, including remarks by President Eli Capilouto, Student Government President Roshan Palli, and UK Libraries Associate Dean for Special Collections, Deirdre Scaggs. For more information, visit:

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