Russell Hall

Members of the SCN Family – Sisters, Associates, and employees, gathered in the Motherhouse Dining Room in Nazareth, Ky., last November to take a trip back in time. Many were anxious to glimpse the contents of a time capsule recently discovered on Nazareth campus. The time capsule was found in the cornerstone of Russell Hall. The building was recently deconstructed after being found to be structurally unsound.

Many of the items in the time capsule date back to 1965, the year in which the cornerstone was laid. President Mary Elizabeth Miller, SCN, opened the box as the Sisters surrounding her began to recall memories of time spent inside the building.

Among the many dust covered discoveries in the time capsule was a picture of Mother Catherine Spalding, the foundress of the Congregation. There was also an American flag, a copy of The Record from Aug. 12, 1965, a copy of The Courier-Journal from Aug. 15, 1965, a copy of The Kentucky Standard, Aug. 12, 1965, a copy of Response magazine, a list of church delegates and community houses, a photograph of President John F. Kennedy, a Kennedy half-dollar medallion, and an invitation to the Russell Hall opening reception.

Once opened, people crowded around the capsule to glimpse its contents. Judy Reynolds, an employee in the Office of Congregational Advancement, talked about how excited she was to see the capsule being opened, saying few people get to witness such an event in their lifetime.

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