May 2016 marked the 125th anniversary of the graduation of the first woman to
earn a degree at West Virginia University. The Center for Women's & Gender
Studies, in conjunction with other WVU agencies, celebrated this anniversary
throughout the year with a number of events.
Among these events was the raising of the WVU Women’s Centenary Time Capsule, which
was buried on March 20, 1991.
This time capsule was buried to commemorate the 10 brave women who enrolled at
WVU in 1889 and the one woman who graduated in 1891, Harriett E. Lyon. The
time capsule was dedicated and buried to be opened every 25 years until the
bi-centennial in 2091. It was reburied with additional materials in the
Time Capsule Contents
WVU Women's History
WVU Libraries Symposium, "West Virginia University Women: Celebrating 125 Years"
with Keynote Address by Dr Gina Barreca, professor of English and Feminist Theory
at the University of Connecticut and one of the first women to attend Dartmouth
College in the 1970s.
April 5, 2016
Time Capsule Opening Ceremony at 3:00 pm in Woodburn Circle. Reception to follow
in E. Moore Hall.
April 7, 2016
Panel discussion in E. Moore Hall from 4-5 pm. “For Whom Should Feminists
April 14, 2016
Honors and Awards Ceremony and Capstone Colloquium in E. Moore Hall from 5-7 pm.
The event will feature Capstone Research from 13 students.
April 19, 2016
Women’s and Gender Studies Fair from 3-6 pm in the Mountainlair Ballrooms. Featuring
Group Research Projects from over 350 students.
October 5, 2016
Festival of Ideas: Charlotte Bunch at 7:30 pm
Diversity Week: details tba
Lyon Tower Celebration, Lyon Tower Blue & Gold Ballroom, 5:00 pm to recognize
the namesake of the residence hall, Harriet Lyon, the first woman to graduate
October 28—November 6, 2016
Mountaineer Week featuring Women in Appalachia celebrating 125 years of women at
November 2, 2016 - Note change of date
The Time Capsule will be reburied with additional artifacts.