Exhibit Displays Sealed Sheean Time Capsule
Oct. 10, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – A piece of Illinois Wesleyan University history will be on display
at The Ames Library in the form of a time capsule rescued from the recently demolished
The sealed copper box will be part of an exhibit running from Aug. 5 until Sept. 6
that will highlight time capsules known to exist on campus and their contents. “These
time capsules give us an idea of what people in the past felt was important to communicate
to the future,” said Archivist Meg Miner, who located documents about the Sheean time
capsule in the months before the building was to be destroyed.
The library faculty is keeping mum on what is contained in the capsule, but are inviting
the public to come to the exhibit and take a guess. At Homecoming festivities this
year, a University team plans to open the Sheean time capsule, revealing the contents
sealed in the walls of Sheean so many years ago. The opening will take place at 10
a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22 in the Museum Tent on the Robert S. Eckley Quadrangle.
The time capsule was originally laid in the Sheean cornerstone in 1967. The library
was completed in 1968 with an original collection of around 100,000 items. The building
closed in 2002 when The Ames Library opened, and remained vacant until demolition
in July. The Sheean cornerstone will also be on display at the exhibit in The Ames
Library. The exhibit will also include information about other time capsules on campus.
During their research on Sheean, Miner and her student workers uncovered the existence
of four capsules still on campus, which reside in Dolan Hall, Memorial Center, Mark
Evans Observatory and Shaw Hall. Another box, laid in 1870, was found in the foundation
of Duration Hall when it was torn down in 1965.
For more information about the exhibit, contact the Archives at (309) 556-1538.
Contact: Sherry Wallace, (309) 556-3181, firstname.lastname@example.org