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Kent State to Bury Centennial Time Capsule, Aug. 10

Posted Aug. 6, 2010

TUESDAY, AUG. 10 @ 11:30 A.M.

Kent State to Bury Time Capsule as Part of University’s Centennial Celebration
Time Capsule to Go Underground Until 2060

As part of Kent State University’s Centennial celebration this year, the university will hold a dedication ceremony to bury the Centennial Time Capsule on Tuesday, Aug. 10, at 11:30 a.m. at Risman Plaza (the plaza in front of the Kent Student Center). Kent State President Lester A. Lefton will read a proclamation and share a few remarks about the 2010 time capsule. The sealed capsule will then be buried under Risman Plaza, near the Kent Student Center Kiva.

Somewhere on Kent State’s campus is a 1960 time capsule bearing the memories and stories of yesteryear just waiting to be uncovered — at least that's what some say. While Kent State continues to search for the old time capsule, the university prepares to bury the Centennial Celebration time capsule, which will be opened in 2060.

Members of the media are encouraged to attend and help document the 2010 time capsule’s burial so it can be easily found in 50 years. Members of the media also will have the opportunity to:
• Learn about the 2010 time capsule and its contents
• Interview Kent State President Lefton and Pamela Jones, academic program and student development coordinator and a member of Kent State’s Centennial Committee who led the Centennial Time Capsule project
• Capture interesting visuals, including:
     o University officials gathering around the time capsule
     o Kent State President Lefton lowering the capsule into the ground via a John Deere track hoe
• See the construction progress of the student center plaza which is undergoing a facelift and is part of Kent State’s campuswide $200 million renovation plan

To learn more of the legend of the lost 1960 time capsule at Kent State, visit and

Tuesday, Aug. 10
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

In front of the Kent Student Center Kiva on Risman Plaza
Kent State University
Kent, OH  44242

Parking is available in the Kent Student Center visitor parking lot located on Risman Drive off of East Summit Street. For a campus map, visit Parking passes will be provided to working media.

Media who are interested in covering this event are asked to RSVP to:
Emily Vincent,, 330-672-8595 (office) or 216-832-4491 (mobile)

NOTE: Photos of the time capsule burial also will be available upon request to those members of the media who are unable to attend.

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