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Archives receives long lost artifact

Victoria Hampton, Contributed photo

This April, the Pacific University Archives received a peculiar email informing them of a campus artifact found in the trunk of a car in Indiana. Used car salesman Jonathan Estes contacted Pacific after finding the original Alpha Zeta Walk plaque, which had been replaced in 2003. The Alpha Zeta Walk is located between Jefferson and Warner Halls. The line of birch trees running between the two buildings commemorates the 31 faculty and students who died in World War II. The memorial was created in 1948. “We don’t know when the plaque was removed or how it went missing,” said Pacific archivist Eva Guggemos. It is assumed that the plaque went missing during construction in 2003, but no one knows what truly happened. The plaque has been returned to Pacific by Estes. Director of alumni relations Martha Callus McClain said the old plaque will be brought out during an Alpha Zeta Alumni event next fall. For now, the plaque will remain in the archives.

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