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Memorial Belltower

The Belltower as seen from Holladay Hall

Apr 20, 2021

Bygone Days at the Belltower

These photos of the Memorial Belltower, taken before its recent renovations, show its importance to NC State — then as always. 

The Shrine Room plaque in the Memorial Belltower

Jan 5, 2021

A Sacred Event in a Shining New Shrine Room

Renovations to the Memorial Belltower made last December’s ROTC gold bar ceremony one of the program’s most memorable. 

close up of the metal beams holding the bells together

Nov 17, 2020

Timeless, With a Modern Touch

About 15 months ago, a construction fence went up around NC State’s Memorial Belltower. Now, the restoration and completion of this Hallowed Place — built to honor alumni lost in World War I, and a symbol and rallying point for the university — is almost finished. 

Bells on the bed of a truck

Aug 18, 2020

A Welcome Week for Bells

The Memorial Belltower enjoyed a Wolfpack Welcome Week of its own, and we got a peek. Twenty-three more bells arrived on Aug. 11 as part of the ongoing completion and restoration project — including the very smallest bell that bears the signature Wolfie and measures just over 6 inches in diameter. 

The belltower framed by blooming trees in Spring

Jul 10, 2020

Memorial Belltower Completion and Restoration Project

The current Memorial Belltower project — set into motion by a transformational gift from Bill (’81) and Frances Henry to the Think and Do the Extraordinary Campaign in November 2017 — is adding bells and interior stairs that were never installed. It also restores, upgrades and improves this vital symbol of the university community’s past, present and future. View our new interactive map to see progress and future plans. 

a crane prepares to lower a bell into the belltower

Jul 6, 2020

At Long Last, Bells

For a century, NC State's majestic and beloved Memorial Belltower has been missing something: bells. In June, that began to change. Learn more about the historic moment and the process leading up to it. 

female student in graduation robe tossing her cap at the camera

May 19, 2020

The Class of 2020 Writes Their Own Story

Rushing the Belltower, participating in Greek life, receiving scholarships to study abroad, cheering on Wolfpack athletics: the class of 2020 shared their most meaningful moments at NC State and reflected on their next steps.  

The memorial belltower stands amidst a construction site

May 12, 2020

Here’s the Latest: What’s Going on Inside that Belltower Fence?

While most of campus has been quiet, construction has continued on the Memorial Belltower completion and restoration project, at a slow-but-steady pace with adherence to applicable COVID-19 government guidelines. 

Belltower cornerstone

Apr 21, 2020

Two Moments in NC State Time, Encapsulated at the Belltower

This spring’s graduating class has the first opportunity to contribute to a new Belltower time capsule, to be dedicated a century after the first such observance. 

students lined up past the belltower

Jan 7, 2020

A Symbol of the Pack

For students and alumni, the ritual of placing class rings inside the Memorial Belltower overnight commemorates hard work and marks a connection to the larger NC State community.