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September 24th, 2021

Garrett College opens 1996 time capsule to kick off 50th anniversary celebration

College is soliciting items to put in capsule that will be sealed in March

50th Anniversary - Time Capsule

Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Project Coordinator Holly Lane, right, presents Garrett College President Dr. Richard Midcap with a plaque from the Chamber during Thursday's time capsule opening. The plaque commemorates the College's 50th anniversary. Photo by Hannah Sickles


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Garrett College officials on Thursday unsealed a time capsule buried in 1996 as part of the College's 25th anniversary. The event, which took place in the GC art gallery, was part of the kickoff to the College's 50th anniversary celebration.

Time capsule contents included a 1996 letter from Garrett Community College President Steve Herman, a message from the faculty via Dean of Academic Affairs Lillian Mitchell, a memo from the 1996 Student Government Association to today's SGA, and a letter from the 1996 Board to Trustees to today's faculty, staff, students and Board members.

The letters touched on the close-knit nature of the College community as well as some of the College's signature academic programs, including Natural Resources Wildlife Technology and Adventuresports. There were several references to "new technology", including email and the fledgling internet.

There were also photos of the Class of 1996 and the GCC Pipe & Drum Corps, computer discs containing excepts from the 1971-73 GCC catalog (covering the first class of students), an article about the 1992 baseball team, and an Adventuresports Triathlon medal.

Dr. Richard Midcap, Garrett College's president, then invited those in attendance to submit significant present-day items that will be sealed in a new time capsule to be opened as part of GC's 60th anniversary in 2031.

"Spoiler Alert: I'm pretty sure hand sanitizer and a face mask will be included," remarked Midcap.

On a more serious note, Midcap recounted the College's growth over the last 50 years, and recognized the role state and local officials have played in that growth.

"The College's growth has taken place for numerous reasons, but two stand out – the incredible support we have received from a succession of County Commissioners, as well as the advocacy of our representatives in the State Senate and House of Delegates," noted Midcap.

"I've been fortunate to work with Commissioners [Paul] Edwards, [Jim] Hinebaugh and [Larry] Tichnell, along with Senator [George] Edwards, and Delegate [Wendell] Beitzel – all of whom are ardent supporters of the College," added Midcap. "And they would be the first people to tell you that their predecessors also supported the College in its mission of bringing higher education to our residents."

Holly Lane, the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce project coordinator, congratulated the College on its 50th anniversary and presented Midcap with a plaque celebrating the College's 50th anniversary.

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Time capsule contents included a 1996 letter from Garrett Community College President Steve Herman, a message from the faculty via Dean of Academic Affairs Lillian Mitchell, a memo from the 1996 Student Government Association to today’s SGA, and a letter from the 1996 Board to Trustees to today’s faculty, staff, students and Board members.

There were also photos of the Class of 1996 and the GCC Pipe & Drum Corps, computer discs containing excepts from the 1971-73 GCC catalog (covering the first class of students), an article about the 1992 baseball team, and an Adventuresports Triathlon medal. Photos by Hannah Sickles.

The College plans to seal the new time capsule with 2021 artifacts next March 10th. Midcap encouraged people with suggestions on items to include to contact the Garrett College Foundation (janet.kepple@garrettcollege.edu or 301.387.3023)

Midcap noted that the College has developed a 50th anniversary website, available at https://www.garrettcollege.edu/50th.