2019 Time Capsule Contents


• “Awesiinyensag” by Dr. Anton Treuer
• “Bemidji State University” magazine
• “Bucky the Beaver” Bobblehead
• “G.C. Beltrami Memorial” pin
• “Life Whispers,” book of poetry from BSU alumna Billie Annette
• “Paper Plains”
• “Northern Student”
• “University in the Pines” by Dr. Arthur O. Lee
• A beaded pouch from the AIRC, beaded by Ann Humphrey
• 2019-20 undergrad catalog
• 3d printed vase
• Regional & national newspapers
• Watch
• Pioneer annual report
• Pioneer issues
• Pioneer facsimile edition
• Info CD-ROM
• Campus map
• Merch
• MinnState guide
• Pennants
• Strat plan
• Planner
• Viewbook
• Post-its
• Stocking cap
• Lapel pin
• Centennial Poster illustrated by alumna Hope Wall
• Diploma stuffs
• Financial Aid docs
• Hockey puck
• Honors medallion
• Note from Pres. Hensrud
• Postcards
• 1918 time capsule contents
• Milkweed seeds
• Deel remarks
• Nohner remarks
• Ojibwe Language Posters
• Photograph of Ojibwe Chief Shaynowishkung
• Commencement program
• Wooden shim.
• Steinway program
• Bonding bill
• Tree core sample
• Gloves

On a cloudy October afternoon, about 100 campus and community members gathered on the Hobson Memorial Union lawn, where dozens of items were left for future generations to explore in Bemidji State University’s centennial time capsule. 

A dedication ceremony, led by BSU President Faith C. Hensrud, Colleen Deel, assistant professor of library services, and Al Nohner, a BSU alumnus and director emeritus of its Office of News & Publications, marked the conclusion of Bemidji State’s 18-month centennial celebration.

Hensrud welcomed attendees and acknowledged the historic nature of the occasion.

“Today, we are creating an opportunity for a future generation to travel back in time to October of 2019,” she said. “For in 100 years — in the year 2119 — we expect that a future Bemidji State University students, faculty and staff
will again come together with members of
the Bemidji community at this very spot so they might discover what we are leaving for them today.”

The centennial time capsule includes a wide selection of items, including branded merchandise such as t-shirts, hats and note pads, a current campus map, a copy of BSU’s 2018-2023 Strategic Plan, a hockey puck, a current academic course catalog, a diploma cover given to graduates at commencement, a red pine tree core sample collected by Landscape Ecology students and more.

Al Nohner, a BSU alumnus and director emeritus of its Office of News & Publications, reflecting on his nearly 50-year association with Bemidji State — looked to the future
with optimism.

“While on campus and for 12 years in retirement, I wrote articles for the BSU magazine,” he said. “I talked to thousands of alumni. Universally, they were excited to talk about BSU. It was evident they still had strong and positive feelings for BSU. The historical strength of our student population and the active interest of alumni are among the reasons I believe BSU will still be educating people 100 years from now.”

In closing, Hensrud thanked everyone who had contributed items to the 2019 centennial time capsule and shared her thoughts about what the citizens of Bemidji in 2119 may think of its contents.

“These objects have come from many sources, and whether large or small they each have a story tell,” Hensrud said. “Put them together, and we leave for future generations a glimpse into life in 2019 at Bemidji State University.”

For more information about the contents of the 2019 BSU time capsule, visit our website at www.bemidjistate.edu/100