Thursday, October 30, 2008

What Is in the Mysterious Time Capsule at Washington College?

Chestertown, MD — A time capsule from the 1960s, discovered during the renovation of Washington College's Gibson Center for the Arts, will be opened during a special ceremony at the College's Martha Washington Square on Friday, November 7, at 4 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

The time capsule was placed in the original cornerstone of the Gibson Center in November 1967. Several prominent Washington College officials who were on hand for the original cornerstone-laying will be present at Friday's capsule-opening.

Martha Washington Square is located alongside the Gibson Center, where work has been underway since summer 2007 for the grand reopening of the facility in summer 2009. The Department of Drama will enjoy a completely renovated 440-seat proscenium theater, a brand-new 140-seat experimental theater, expanded rehearsal space, office space, classroom space and green-room space. The Department of Music will have its own 200-seat recital hall, better rehearsal space, more classrooms and individual rehearsal rooms, and better storage for instruments. The dance program will continue to rehearse in its present facility in the Johnson Lifetime Fitness Center, but its performances will occur on the new stage of the large theater. Major events such as the George Washington Birthday Convocation, lectures by prominent speakers, admissions open houses, and the concert series will draw campus and community into the newly renovated spaces.

Not least, the upgraded facility will fill a long-standing void by constructing Washington College's first climate-controlled, secure art gallery, enabling theater- and concert-goers to enjoy visiting exhibits as well as the work of Washington College's own students and faculty.

So, just what is in the mysterious time capsule from the 1960s? On Friday, November 7, at 4 p.m., the world will know.

October 30, 2008

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