IMA World Health/Kara Eberle

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t was slushy and foggy at 3:45 p.m. Jan. 17, 1941, according to Blair Cochrane and Babs Fischer.

Their weather report stands out among the hundreds of signatures and messages left behind by visitors to the cupola of Old Main on the Brethren Service Center campus in New Windsor, Maryland.

Several IMA staffers took a field trip to the cupola with Tom Druck, a Brethren Volunteer Services volunteer who dedicated his time to the center and the buildings and grounds for the past 4 ½ years.

Tom and Gail Druck were moving on to new adventures, as of May 1, and they didn’t want to have much special recognition. But Tom had one last request after his going-away lunch on Thursday, April 30.

He wanted to visit the cupola, and he invited others to join him.

In case you don’t get the chance to visit the cupola, here’s a look at what’s up there:

A weather report from 1941.
A weather report from 1941.

Inside Old Main's Cupola

The View from the Cupola

IMA World Health moved to the Brethren Service Center from Manhattan in 1982 and became one of the many organizations housed on the New Windsor campus.

Owned and operated by the Church of the Brethren, one of IMA’s member agencies, the Brethren Service Center has been helping people in need for more than 65 years.

You can also find the Zigler Hospitality Center, Brethren Disaster Ministries, the Mid-Atlantic District Office of the Church of the Brethren, SERRV and On Earth Peace on the grounds at 500 Main St.

IMA staff members Carol Shores, Emily Esworthy and Kara Eberle pause to take a selfie in the attic on the way out of the cupola.
IMA staff members Carol Shores, Emily Esworthy and Kara Eberle pause to take a selfie in the attic on the way out of the cupola.