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This video was created by joining two silent 16mm home movies together which play on a continuous loop; a title sequence and an audio recording from the dedication ceremony were added. President Eckley's remarks are available for download above and to the right. Included with that document is a list of the time capsule contents.

Additional information, photographs, the original 16mm films and the unedited digital files created from the film and digitized reel-to-reel tape recording are available through Illinois Wesleyan University's Archives.


The film embedded here shows three different activities during Apollo 8 astronaut Col. Frank Borman's visit to campus on March 18, 1969. Initially, Borman is at a press conference with President Robert Eckley (to his right) and Congressman Les Arends (to his left). He is then shown during a ceremony at the Founders' Day Convocation where all three Apollo 8 astronauts (and two other dignitaries) were awarded Honorary Doctorates. In the last segment Borman is shown placing a time capsule in the new Mark Evans Observatory during its dedication ceremony. Several photos of the placement are available online.

A program and recording of the Founders' Day Convocation are available at

An audio recording containing extensive remarks made by Borman during a luncheon with the Board of Trustees is also available. See


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