Sav­ing Time

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Rich­mond

Tomark the 50th an­niver­sary of the Rich­mond County His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety in a mean­ing­ful way, a time vault will be con­structed near Mel­bourne Town­ship Town Hall. This will be a con­crete un­der­ground struc­ture that will hold up to 150 in­di­vid­ual time cap­sules.

Th­ese time cap­sules will stay in that vault for 50 years; the vault will be opened only when the So­ci­ety cel­e­brates its 100th an­niver­sary in 2062. Some par­tic­i­pants may ex­pect to be present at the open­ing of the vault 50 years from now. Oth­ers will not be able to do so, but their de­scen­dants will. Any in­di­vid­ual, fam­ily, busi­ness or or­ga­ni­za­tion may par­tic­i­pate and de­posit a time cap­sule.

The cap­sules are 1.7 litre stain­less steel can­is­ters with a rub­ber seal and a clamp top. The se­lec­tion of ma­te­rial to be locked in the in­di­vid­ual time cap­sules is only lim­ited by size. The idea is to make a se­lec- tion of things that have mean­ing for you and re­mind you of the year. Sug­gested items are anything that the par­tic­i­pant deems in­ter­est­ing enough to be pre­served for 50 years; copies of pho­to­graphs, lo­cal news­pa­pers, fam­ily his­tory, CV, writ­ings, recipes, cell phone, coins, list of or­ga­ni­za­tion mem­bers, etc.

Num­bered can­is­ters will be sold by the Rich­mond County His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety for $50 each. Each par­tic­i­pant will re­ceive a cer­tifi­cate stat­ing the num­ber of his or her cap­sule. In­clude the names of 2 peo­ple to be contacted. If the cap­sule is not claimed within one year, it will be­come the prop­erty of the Rich­mond County His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety.

On Sunday, Septem­ber 2, 2012, the cap­sules will be placed in the vault. The vault will be closed with a con­crete lid and a mean­ing­ful work of art, il­lus­trat­ing the pur­pose of the vault, will be un­veiled and even­tu­ally placed atop the vault.

We en­cour­age every­body to par­tic­i­pate in this pro­ject. For

only one dol­lar per year, your time cap­sule will be a bea­con for the fu­ture. Imag­ine the re­ac­tion of those who, in 50 years, will open the vault and find a di­ver­sity of doc­u­ments and ar­ti­facts from our time! Wouldn’t you like to find such a cache from 50 years ago?

Your filled cap­sules must be re­turned by Aug. 25, 2012 to the Rich­mond County His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety at 506 Col­lege S., Rich­mond, J0B 2H0 or 1422 Ch. Tour­nesol, Mel­bourne, J0B 2B0.

For more in­for­ma­tion and to re­serve your can­is­ter, call Nick at 819826-2534 or Si­mon at 819-826-1923.

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