Alumnus’ Time Capsule to Capture Historic Moments

What do a signed copy of Allegheny magazine, an Ida Tarbell pin and photos from Allegheny’s Outing Club have in common?

They are all items that will be included in a Bicentennial time capsule donated by Barry Stransky ’83. The time capsule includes items from different areas of campus, including a letter signed by the board of trustees, the employee directory, Allegheny’s 2015 Commencement program, the “Combinations 2020 Strategic Plan” and much more.

Items were chosen based on what the College wants future students, alumni, faculty, staff and the community to know about Allegheny, the community and the early 21st century.

“Genealogy has always been a big part of my life and family,” Stransky says. “My mother is a survivor from Auschwitz, and my father was a pilot for the Royal Air Force in World War II. After my father passed in September 2011, I started ‘a space in time’ to memorialize those who have come before us, our own generation and for those in the future who want to know who we were and how we lived in our own time. I wanted to do something similar for Allegheny’s Bicentennial.”

The time capsule will be on display during Reunion Weekend (May 28 to 31, 2015) and throughout the following year. It then will be sealed and placed in a permanent location until it is reopened in 50 or 100 years.