Seniors Encouraged to Get Cupola Photos Before Leaving

As graduation approaches, Truman seniors are encouraged to connect with part of Truman’s history by taking a photo at the original cupola that sat on top of the historic Kirk Memorial for many decades.

The restored campus icon now resides outside the east entrance to the Ruth W. Towne Museum and Visitors Center. University photographer Tim Barcus will take free photos for graduates at the cupola from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. May 6.

Students, alumni and friends can take cupola photos anytime and are encouraged to share their cupola photos on the Truman or Alumni Facebook pages or Twitter pages with #BulldogForever.

The cupola has been a symbol of the University for years, and in 1996, its weathervane was welded in place to forever point northeast in honor of the University’s previous name, Northeast Missouri State University. When Kirk Memorial underwent improvements in the summer of 2013, it was discovered that some of the wood in the cupola had rotted. A new cupola, which was created to look like the original, was constructed primarily of aluminum, and includes insulation and roofing material to protect the dome structure. In keeping with tradition, the weathervane on the new cupola, installed Aug. 15, 2013, was also welded in place to point northeast.

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