Time Capsule—Looking to Our 100th Year

Linda Balthaser, Art Friedel, Jim Owen, and emeriti faculty, along with the inaugural class of Chapman Scholars and two members of the class of 2015 Chapman Scholar graduates, gathered materials for inclusion in a Time Capsule. This inter-generational approach was on purpose as the Chapman Scholars are the ones who will be here when the capsule is opened in another 50 years, on IPFW’s 100th birthday. The time capsule is located inside the John and Ruth Rhinehart Music Center, in a space under the stage in the Auer Performance Hall. The time capsule is located inside the John and Ruth Rhinehart Music Center and is “bigger than a breadbox, but smaller than a casket,” according to Linda Balthaser, one of the committee members. What’s in the capsule? Newspapers of the day, mementos from the opening ceremony for the 50th Celebration, and other 50th Celebration-related events; and numerous articles and items collected by the Chapman Scholars, including letters they have written to the Chapman Scholars who will graduate in 2064.

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