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Memorial Belltower

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. 

Belltower glowing red at night in traffic

Jan 7, 2020

2019 in Review

Take a quick look back at an extraordinary philanthropy milestone and other NC State highlights for 2019. 

two workers stand on scaffolding near the clockface and eagle engravings of the belltower

Dec 17, 2019

Gels and Liquids and Poultices, Oh My: How the Belltower Got a Little Brighter

If the Memorial Belltower looks different after the removal of scaffolding, your eyes aren't deceiving you. Workers have undertaken a multistep process to pull out dirt and impurities, leaving a visibly brighter, more radiant surface, but this phase is more than cosmetic. 

the belltower with scaffolding

Dec 10, 2019

Meet the Tower Team

Dozens of experts are working on the Memorial Belltower's restoration and completion, and many of them are graduates of NC State. Meet some members of the Wolfpack who are helping complete, restore and update the university’s most iconic symbol. 

rendering of the belltower

Nov 12, 2019

A Vision Coming to Life

The project team restoring and completing NC State's Memorial Belltower at Henry Square has created this conceptual, fly-through visualization. While some small details may change, the beauty and power of the Belltower will ring true through the next century – and beyond. 

handwritten list of songs played on the carillon on Jan 26, 1979

Oct 15, 2019

All in Good Chime

NC State’s Memorial Belltower has existed for decades without real bells, but it hasn’t stayed silent. Imagine heading to lunch on Hillsborough Street or to an evening meeting and hearing chimes… 

handwritten list of songs played on the carillon on Jan 26, 1979

Oct 15, 2019

All in Good Chime

For decades, the NC State community enjoyed regular concerts ringing out across campus from the Memorial Belltower. With a new chapter of Belltower history about to begin, alumni carillonneurs share a few of their favorite memories of playing those concerts as students. 

Sun rises over Belltower

Sep 10, 2019

Keep the Faith, Finish the Tower

The Memorial Belltower has a history that is almost hard to believe. Built to honor the NC State alumni killed in World War I, the 115-foot Legend in Stone has always been missing a final piece: real bells. Through countless hours of research and years of effort, several NC State alumni became passionate about finishing NC State’s most iconic symbol as a way to honor those who paid the ultimate price. 

Stafford speaks to tour group in shrine room

Jun 18, 2019

Sharing a Key to NC State’s Past

Whether telling surprising stories while leading tours of the Memorial Belltower or unlocking its door for surprise photos, retired vice chancellor Tom Stafford serves as a keeper of the flame of Wolfpack spirit. 

Tom Stafford and Emily Caporali in the Shrine Room

Jun 11, 2019

Ringing True

Emily Caporali’s Belltower memories began before she ever enrolled at NC State, and though she graduated in 2017, she is still making extraordinary memories at the site – with help from her fiancé Chase Timmons and her longtime friend, retired vice chancellor of student affairs Tom Stafford.