As a way to commemorate this historic year in Canadian history, the Township of South Frontenac is putting together a time capsule to be buried at Centennial Park in Harrowsmith later this year. The time capsule will be opened in 50 years on Canada’s bicentennial.
Residents of South Frontenac are invited to submit items to be included in the time capsule. Items should be significant to this year in South Frontenac and be around the size of an average adult’s fist. Residents are encouraged to get creative and reflect on highlights of the year.
“This is a great way to engage the entire community for this milestone in our history”, says South Frontenac Mayor Ron Vandewal, contributor to the time capsule project. “In 50 years, the residents of South Frontenac will look back on this moment in time and see the spirit and sense of pride for our community”.
Items like USB sticks will be accepted, although be mindful that in 50 years, that technology maybe obsolete. Photographs, newspaper clippings, local sports memorabilia, diaries, favorite recipes, ticket stubs and similar items are encouraged. Anything organic or that can erode, rubber, metal paper clips, staples and anything with an internal battery that cannot be removed are discouraged. The items need to meet some requirements for preservation purposes and will be returned to the sender if they do not fit the requirements.
Some items that will be buried includes letters from local students taking a guess at what the world will look like in 2067, as well as photos from an aerial photo project happening within all the schools to celebrate Canada150. Mayor Vandewal will be including a letter to the future mayor of South Frontenac, and items from the Canada Day and Road Rally Celebrations will be included, too.
The time capsule was custom made by D.M. Welding in Inverary, a large rock will be placed over top to mark the spot with a plaque provided by the Campbell Monument Company. Items will be collected from now until November 1st and can be dropped off at Town Hall in Sydenham in the Recreation Department.