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Office of News and Information
Johns Hopkins University
3003 N. Charles Street, Suite 100
Baltimore, Maryland 21218-3843
Phone: (410) 516-7160 | Fax (410) 516-5251

October 1, 2001
CONTACT: Dennis O'Shea

Media Advisory: Time capsule to commemorate university's 125th anniversary; Contents include much related to Sept. 11 attacks, personal messages to future
To: Reporters, editors, producers
From: Dennis O'Shea
Cell phone: 410-493-0726
Email: dro@jhu.edu

The final major celebration in the Johns Hopkins University's 125th anniversary year is a ceremony marking the installation of a time capsule in Gilman Hall. The time capsule includes mementoes of the 125th anniversary year. It will be reopened in 2076, the bicentennial of the university and the tricentennial of the United States. The installation will occur Friday, Oct. 12, at 5 p.m. on the front steps of Gilman Hall on the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus.

Among the items in the time capsule will be a letter from President William R. Brody to the university community of 2076, the university's 125th anniversary commemorative book (Knowledge for the World), and dozens of artifacts and university publications.

News coverage of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the United States -- from both mainstream and university publications - - has been included.

Note: More than 200 alumni, students, faculty and staff are sending personal messages to the future in the time capsule. They submitted their messages through a World Wide Web form. The messages are "burned" onto a CD and will also be in the time capsule in paper form. The messages cover a variety of topics. Many address the events of Sept. 11 and their aftermath. Others include reflections on the university, political statements, song lyrics and greetings to the senders' children.

For information or to cover the event, contact Dennis O'Shea at 410-526-7109 or dro@jhu.edu.

What: Time capsule ceremony
When: 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12
Where: Steps of Gilman Hall, upper quad, Homewood campus, The Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore.

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