A time capsule buried in the cornerstone of the student center in 1964 was extracted just prior to Alumni Weekend, giving the 50th reunion class an opportunity to see the contents during their class breakfast at the President’s Residence on April 25. Placed in the wall on April 10, 1964, during the 30th annual E-Days celebration by William Burger, then dean of students and registrar, the capsule was retrieved during a ceremony in April by President M.W. Scoggins and Dan Fox, vice president for student life and dean of students.
Its contents included a copy of The Denver Post with a headline announcing President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, a copy of The Oredigger, and several rolls of film that documented construction of the formerly named College Union building. In 1970, College Union was renamed The Ben Parker Student Union and later the Ben H. Parker Student Center.
Later this year, a 2014 time capsule will be placed in the same location with a new marking stone that will indicate it should be opened in 2049, Mines’ 175th anniversary year.