Do you have something in this time capsule?
1990 time capsule from St. Agnes School to be opened Saturday
The public is invited to step back in time in the community.
On Saturday, July 18, the St. Agnes Elementary School anniversary committee will be holding 100th anniversary celebrations from 3-6 p.m., which will include opening a time capsule at the Saint Agnes gymnasium, sealed in 1990.
“We feel there are 150-200 students from back then who put something in this capsule,” said Major Kris Campbell, a signals officer with the Fifth Canadian Division, Halifax, one of the organizers of the event, along with Cara Martin, New Waterford.
Campbell said the idea for the event began after he was going through some old photos and came across a clipping from the Cape Breton Post from 1990, where students of St. Agnes School are shown with a time capsule they contributed to and sealed in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the school.
A Grade 6 student at the school at the time, Campbell remembered putting a letter in the capsule, which he believes he wrote what he saw himself doing when he grew up.
“I could be wrong, but I think I said ‘carpenter,’” he said.
Campbell contacted the school, which had planned to open the capsule this year but hadn’t done so yet. As a result of co-operation from the school, Campbell and Martin took the lead in organizing the event for Saturday, in conjunction with the Coal Dust Days celebrations.
A huge crowd is expected, he added.
“There are a lot of people wanting to get a hold of this. People are coming from everywhere, to be there when we open it up.”
Campbell said there are also rumors of the teachers putting a
VHS tape of the students in the classroom, in the box.
“If that’s the case, I’m going to restore it and probably distribute copies to the students. “
Past and present staff and alumni of Saint Agnes Elementary will be on hand for a few presentations during the event, including the history of the school and the significance of its existence over the past 100 years.
A reception will follow at Saint Leonard’s Hall, with food and refreshments.
“This will give former staff, students and teachers a wonderful opportunity to reconnect after so many years, share stories and enjoy themselves in a relaxed atmosphere.”
For more information, visit the anniversary committee’s website, www.saintagnes100th.com.
An old newspaper clipping from the Cape Breton Post in 1990, features students from St. Agnes Elementary School celebrating the 75th anniversary of the school by sealing items in a time capsule, including Kris Campbell (in back on right), a Grade 6 student at the time, who was part of the festivities.