Civic Center Time Capsule Installed to Cap-off Heritage Days

October 15, 2018

A public ceremony to install a new Civic Center time capsule is planned for noon on Friday, Oct. 5 in front of Presentation Hall. This new time capsule will be next to the original.

It is modeled after the first copper capsule installed behind the 1938 cornerstone. Items in it include: copies of the original Mayo Civic Auditorium blueprints, a ticket to the Ken Burns movie premiere and a proclamation by Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede in honor of the historical exhibit dedication.

Mayo Clinic, in collaboration with the Mayo Civic Center, created a new historical exhibit at the entrance of the Charles H. Mayo Presentation Hall. The exhibit includes historic artifacts honoring Mayo Clinic’s dedication to preserving history, the Mayo family gift and celebrating the center’s history. The foyer has been transformed to look like it did at the opening in 1939. The original granite columns, hidden under a layer of bricks, have been uncovered. A decorative canopy, based on the original blueprints, has been installed.

Visitors to the historic exhibits will see displays that include a boxing bell used during matches, including the legendary heavyweight match between Joe Lewis and Orlan Ott in 1949. Also on display is a burgundy sport jacket formerly worn by Mayo Civic Center ushers and vintage concert posters for a wide array of artists including Patti Page, Johnny Cash and Duke Ellington – and others.

“This is going to be a living exhibit,” said Donna Drews, executive director of the Mayo Civic Center. “We had these treasures hidden in storage. The community will be excited to see them.”

Earlier this month, Mayo Clinic President and CEO John Noseworthy, M.D. paid tribute to the Mayo family’s generosity and the Mayo Civic Center’s role in the community at the dedication for the historical exhibit.

“This project represents our commitment to historic conservation,” Noseworthy told a crowd of more than 100 people gathered for the unveiling of the exhibit on Sept. 10. Among those in the audience were members of the Mayo family, the Sisters of Saint Francis and community leaders.

That same night the Ken Burns’ film, The Mayo Clinic: Faith — Hope – Science, premiered.
Noseworthy added, “In the spirit of that commitment, preservation and generosity, we are here to build on an 80-year-old project that is part of our past and a valued part of our future. Tonight we dedicate exhibits that celebrate our shared story.”