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.