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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 was applied and sound from the dedication ceremony was added. President Eckley's remarks are available for download above and to the right.

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.

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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