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Campus & Community

The people’s toll

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Dylan Perese ’16 joins longstanding tradition of Russian bell ringing at Harvard

Though their sound is quite clear, the origin of the Lowell House bells is quite convoluted. Charles U. Lowe ’42 extensively researched the Lowell House bells’ history here, but the short version is that Charles Crane gifted them in 1930. Hailing from the St. Danilov Monastery in Moscow, the 17 Russian bells were returned there in 2008 and a new set was installed in Lowell House thereafter. The bells toll every weekend, on Sunday afternoons from 1 to 1:30 p.m., and anyone may ring them.