Time Capsule Reveals Glimpse of SUNY Cobleskill in 1991

A model farm tractor. A photo album spanning the years 1979 to 1991. Four editions of the Campus Courier. A VHS tape titled “This is SUNY Cobleskill.” This is the view of life in 1991 at SUNY Cobleskill passed to us by the Student Government that buried a time capsule during the College’s 75th Jubilee. The items were chosen by the campus community to give the future College community a snapshot of that moment in time, with instructions for the capsule to be unearthed 25 years later during the College’s Centennial.

The time capsule was dug up and opened Thursday afternoon as faculty, staff and students new and old—from freshmen to some who were students when the capsule was buried—gathered round to get the first glimpses of the dozens of artifacts inside the capsule.

“The capsule reminds us that we’re standing on the shoulders of those who kept our Coby strong,” said SUNY Cobleskill President Dr. Marion A. Terenzio. “It is our obligation, as it was 25 years ago, to make sure the future is a place that we would want to visit—a future that, when our capsule is opened, they will say, ‘They did it.’”

All the contents of the time capsule will be on display in the Van Wagenen Library to give everyone the opportunity to have a close look at our buried treasure.

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