Mystery Photo

In our Fall 2013 Newsletter, Access, we posed the following... "This sundial has been on campus for over 100 years, but most people have no idea it is there."

Here's the photo as it appeared in the newsletter.

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So, do you know where it's located? No? well that's probably because it's hidden behind this wall/bench.

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This should help you place it - at the east side of Eggers Hall.

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Here's the shot from the other direction.

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The sundial was a gift of the Class of 1908. The Daily Orange of June 9, 1908 stated the dial "will be about three feet in height and will rest on a base of axed granite about fourteen inches high. The pedestal will be two feet ten inches high and will be cut from palace granite. A D.O. article of November 9, 1925 reported that the dial was "...no longer doing "today's work," for the metal triangle that should indicate the time has disappeared. Just how and when it happened is today a mystery, but at some time in the past the indicator was forcibly ripped from the face of the dial. Now the antique clock is idle, perhaps,---forever."

As of 2013 the metal indicator has still not been replaced as you can see in this image. The wording on the dial itself reads "Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be."

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The north side of the top of the pedestal reads "Do to-day's work to-day."

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Oh, and once the dirt is scraped away from the base you can read the inscription "Memorial to Syracuse University from the Class of 1908."

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