Millennium Time Capsule at UMass Amherst Will Be Buried Nov. 4

AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts will seal and bury the UMass Millennium 2000 Time Capsule on Sat., Nov. 4, approximately one hour after the Homecoming football game, or about 4-4:30 p.m. in a crypt at the Old Chapel. Organizers are still accepting items to be placed inside the three-foot by two-foot lead-coated copper receptacle. Materials should be sent to Professor Ronald Story, 612 Herter Hall, by Oct. 27.

The time capsule project was announced last year by Chancellor David K. Scott as part of the campus''s millennium celebration. The time capsule is intended to offer the University community of 2100 a look back at life at UMass at the turn of the century.

Items ranging from photographs, letters, academic materials, and other memorabilia donated by students, faculty, staff, and alumni have already been collected for the time capsule. Scott plans to write a letter to his counterpart in the year 2100. Gov. Paul Cellucci, UMass President William M. Bulger, Board of Trustees Chairwoman Grace Fey, and local legislators are also being invited to write letters.

At the burial ceremony, there will be a brief speaking program, the Minuteman Marching Band will perform, and a small delegation will enter the building for the formal sealing of the time capsule.