The Time Capsule
When asked, “What is gratitude?” by the Abbe Sicard, Jean Massieu (Laurent Clerc’s first teacher) responded, “the memory of the heart.” This year, on Founder’s Day, we will pay tribute to memories that have been preserved in a time capsule for many years.
A time capsule is a historic collection of items buried with the intention that it will be opened at a future date. Usually, a time capsule is created and buried during celebrations – such as laying a foundation for a new building. On July 22, 1920 the laying of the cornerstone for the Gallaudet Building took place. However, before it was sealed, ASD President Henry Perkins placed a time capsule inside the foundation. As he did, he gave the following address:
“The laying of a cornerstone and the dedication of a building have a very different significance. In a dedication there is always a spirit of gratitude for a task completed, while when we lay a cornerstone we do so in a spirit of hope for a successful carrying out of an enterprise just beginning and of faith that we shall achieve it. A cornerstone, like the keystone of an arch, is symbolic of something upon which all the rest of the structure depends – something that supports and sustains.
Although modern architecture involves a different kind of construction, still what we do today is typical of that significant act, the laying of a cornerstone. In its performance, I think we should consider that we are cementing ourselves as it were into the very fabric of this building in which we are so keenly interested. This little group represents all those most intimately concerned in our enterprise – the board of directors, the teachers of the school and its principal, and the architects and the builders. We should here consecrate ourselves to supporting the work of the school just as this cornerstone is to support the edifice we are erecting.
Another feature of this occasion is, in conformity with an old custom, the sealing up of a box containing old papers dating from the time of the founding of the school, a city directory of today, the current newspapers, school reports, and coins of the present year. This, in a way, links us both with the past and with the future, and symbolizes the continuity of our body and our work. I think today we are too apt to overlook the importance of continuity and are inclined to ignore the past which, after all, is an essential foundation for the present. When this box is opened, perhaps a hundred years hence, it will serve as a reminder of this ceremony and what it means to us – just as today we should remember the founders of the school and all that they stood for.”
The time capsule that was sealed in the Gallaudet Building’s foundation by Mr. Perkins in 1920 was unearthed during demolition on March 5, 2015. And so, not quite 100 years later on Founder’s Day, we will open this intriguing box of “memories of the heart” and honor our Founders – with gratitude.
Anyone who would like to watch as we open the time capsule LIVE, should "subscribe" to our ASD YouTube page and tune in on Friday, April 10 at 10:30am!! Click here to subscribe in advance and get ready to watch!
Schledule of events for Founder's Day.
Deaf Heritage Week continued today with individual class tours of the ASD History Room and Archives. Brad Mosley led the fun and informative tours, sharing ASD history with our students.
The students and staff kicked off Deaf Heritage Week today with a Pep Rally!
Today our Elementary School Students had a blast at the ASD Annual Easter Egg Hunt.
April 6-10, 2015 is Deaf Heritage Week at ASD! On Friday, April 10 we will be celebrating Founder's Day and opening the time capsule that was buried under the Gallaudet Building when it was built in 1921. Anyone who would like to watch as we open the time capsule LIVE, should "subscribe" to our ASD YouTube page and tune in on Friday, April 10 at 10:30am!! Click here to subscribe in advance and get ready to watch!
Schedule of events for Founder's Day.
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