2015-16 Ring the Bells
Each year the Alumni Association adopts a national project to provide an addition to the campus of Maranatha. This year’s Alumni National Project, Ring the Bells, has two parts.
Part 1 of our National Project, is funding a new outdoor sound system that will play Christian music throughout the day, adding an inspiring dimension to campus life. The new system will have modern digital capabilities beyond the previous bell carillon, enabling us to use a variety of presentations.
Part 2 is connected with an interesting dimension of Maranatha’s past that is little known. When the property at 745 West Main was purchased in 1968, there was a functional piece of equipment that was never used by Maranatha: a grand bell.
In 1925, the McShane Bell Foundry in Philadelphia, PA, installed a 24-inch, 250-pound brass bell on the roof of the Sacred Heart College. It rested there, between Burckart Hall and Century House, until the late 1990s. During renovations, the use of a large crane made it possible for the staff to remove the bell from the roof and place it in storage. The bell was rediscovered recently and brought to the attention of the administration.
Inspired by the wonderful redesign of the east entrance of Old Main, new thought was given to landscape options and the idea of incorporating the bell in a prominent location was well received. The Building Committee embraced the concept and decided that, if the bell was refurbished to its original luster, it would make a great focal piece for the circle drive on the west entrance to welcome guests.
The Alumni Association has accepted the project to fund the restoration of the bell and build a suitable standard for its display. The total cost of the Ring the Bell project is $15,000. Several gifts have already been received. Please pray about participating in this year’s Alumni National Project.
Pssst: Do you have any personal knowledge or stories about the unofficial ringing of the bell? You should tell us.