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Women's Health Time Capsule Buried on Campus

Photos by Ernie Branson

The third annual celebration of National Women's Health Week, May 12-18, was punctuated on May 14 when the HHS Office on Women's Health (OWH) dedicated a Women's Health Time Capsule and buried it on the grounds of Lawton Chiles International House, known familiarly on campus as Stone House. The capsule, which contains more than 60 items that have had an impact on women's health in the past century, will be unearthed in 2100.

Reporter Helen Thomas

Guest speaker at a tea given in conjunction with the dedication was Helen Thomas, a legend among journalists, who served for 57 years as a correspondent and the first woman White House bureau chief. She was the first woman officer of the White House Correspondents Association and the first woman officer of the National Press Club. For nearly 40 years, she covered presidential news briefings, from the presidencies of John F. Kennedy to Bill Clinton. She published her memoirs in 1999: Front Row at the White House – My Life and Times.

Event planners included representatives from NIH's Office of Research on Women's Health, the Health Resources and Services Administration Office of Women's Health, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the Food and Drug Administration. They first unveiled the time capsule on Dec. 3, 2001, at an OWH 10th anniversary celebration.

Placed into the time capsule were items from a number of categories: body image and health; diagnoses and treatment; legislation and policy; health education/communications; preventive health; quality of life; social and cultural factors (including a music CD and a Barbie doll).

Before its planned 98-year interment, the time capsule was displayed at various locations around the country, including Dallas, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Smith College, Mt. Holyoke College and the Northeast Missouri Health Council in Kirksville, MO.

Metal time capsule is lowered into special burial chamber at Stone House.

A special marker in the Stone House garden commemorates the burial site, which is to be exhumed in 2100.

Kids from the NIH preschool entertained at an afternoon tea.

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