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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 14, 2003

MEDIA ADVISORY: Steindler Time Capsule Event Is Oct. 15

WHAT: Opening of an 85 year-old time capsule from the former Steindler Building on the University of Iowa health sciences campus.

WHO: Representatives from the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, University Libraries and the UI Foundation; friends and members of the family of Arthur Steindler, M.D.

WHEN: 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15

WHERE: Atrium of the Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility (MERF)

University officials, along with friends and members of the Steindler family, will discover the contents of a time capsule that had been housed in the cornerstone of the 1918 Children's Hospital building. Renamed the Steindler Building in 1978 when the Children's Hospital moved to newer facilities, the building was removed in two phases over the past several years to make room for the Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility (MERF) and the Carver Biomedical Research Building (CBRB), which is currently under construction.

Following opening remarks, staff members from the UI Carver College of Medicine's Medical Instruments Shop will unseal the time capsule, which is made of copper. Gary Frost, a paper conservator with the University Libraries preservation and conservation department, will remove and identify each of the items in the capsule.

The time capsule opening coincides with the announcement of the UI faculty appointment to the Dr. Arthur Steindler Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery. A news release announcing the appointment will be distributed at the event (a news release announcing the establishment of the Steindler Chair is online at

Over his 37-year UI career (1913-1949), Steindler was the first and longtime head of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery (now Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation), and he was the driving force behind the creation and growth of the Children's Hospital and Iowa's pioneering Indigent Care Program.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5135 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032,