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SPRINGFIELD, Mo., May 3, 2010 — Drury will open a time capsule and reveal the plans for the former Belle-Turner site at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, May 6, inside the Findlay Student Center (FSC).
Turner and Belle Halls, long vacant, were torn down over Christmas Break. Before the buildings were torn down, University Archivist Bill Garvin noted that an old copy of the school newspaper mentioned a time capsule in Turner Hall. During the deconstruction, the time capsule was pulled out of the cornerstone, and the small metal box has remained unopened. The time capsule will be opened Thursday. Garvin will evaluate and comment on the contents, and the plans for the future of the Belle and Turner site will be revealed at the lunchtime event.
Built in 1948, Turner was a residence hall that became vacant after the construction of new housing on campus. Turner last housed students in the spring of 2005.
Belle Hall was built in 1947 as a housing and dining facility. In later years, the building served as a library annex and was home to the education department. It was permanently closed in 2005.
May 6 is also Campus Beautification Day where students, faculty, and staff put on work clothes and pick up tools to plant flowers and help out with campus landscaping.
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