Capsule to tell story of Camrose
Camrose arts director, Jane Cherry-Lemire, Janine Carroll and Downtown Camrose manager Allan Walkey show off some of the donations already assembled for the time capsule on Thursday. Josh Aldrich/ Camrose Canadian
From fidget spinners, to newspaper clippings to event programs and promotional business items, if it happened in 2017, organizers of the new time capsule want to be able to tell the story of Camrose 50 years from now.
The Moment in Time Committee — made up of Janine Carroll, City of Camrose art director Jane Cherry-Lemire, and Downtown Camrose manager Al Walkey — already have a haul of items for the new time capsule, but they have room for more.
They’re even looking for personal mementos and notes that describe events that shaped our world this year.
“We had a lady who received parcel with a (Tragically Hip) stamp on it the day Gord Downie died, so she wrote up a bit of a story to go with that,” said Carroll on Thursday last week. “It’s the everyday stories that are part of history that whoever unpacks this and reads everything is going to be really interested in.”
The committee is looking for a wide range of memories to fill the future capsule that will be sealed on New Year’s Eve at the Recreation Centre. It will not be scheduled to be opened until Jan. 1 of 2067. There is a one-foot diametre size restriction on donated items, and not all items are guaranteed to make it into the capsule, it all depends on the final donations and how much space there is.
The committee is also taking care to catalogue all donated items so that there is some context of what is in the capsule when it is opened.
There was supposed to be an unveiling of the 25-year time capsule on Canada Day this year, but the capsule did not seal properly and the contents were ruined.
Walkey said they are taking precautions this time around to ensure there is not a repeat of those issues.
“We were looking at doing a metal capsule, but we have found an alternative to doing that,” he said. “(City manager) Malcolm Boyd is donating his time an expertise in helping us design a time capsule made out of PVC, so it will last forever.”