Time capsule set for dedication
Drumheller has come together to tell its story in 2017 to another generation, 50 years from now.
To mark Canada’s 150th birthday, the Drumheller Heritage, Arts and Culture Committee, has spearheaded filling a time capsule. Inside, dozens of items were donated to tell the valley’s story.
On Tuesday, September 19, the capsule was filled and ready to be put away for five decades.
In all, 50 items were placed into the approximately one-meter-long tube, expertly wrapped by Image Crafter Signs.
“The Heritage, Arts and Culture Committee were looking for ways to celebrate Canada 150 and get the community involved. We thought
a time capsule was something a bit different,” said Rhian Russell, chair of the Heritage, Arts and Culture Committee. “We got some fantastic items donated, and we're grateful to everybody who contributed.”
Many local organizations and institutions contributed. There was everything from new vehicle brochures to a worship schedule from the Knox United Church. The local scout troop donated a neck scarf, the Dragons donated a jersey, the Tyrrell included a package and the Atlas Coal Mine donated a coal miner’s pay tag.
There were other mementos from significant moments in the valley’s history including the agenda of the Drumheller Health Centre’s grand opening and photos from the Tour of Alberta bike race.
The Canada Day issue of The Drumheller Mail, along with the September 13 edition was also included.
Nothing says 2017 more than a fidget spinner.
“The time capsule will provide a snapshot of life here in Drumheller on Canada's 150th anniversary, so in 2067 somebody will open it up and hopefully enjoy exploring our little piece of history! It's neat because the project required people from all over the community to come together and contribute, and it'll also provide a connection between people in 2017 and 2067,” said Russell.
The time capsule will be dedicated on Saturday, September 30 during Art and Culture Days in Drumheller. To mark Canada’s 150th birthday, there will be a tree planting and then a ceremony for the time capsule at the Drumheller Cenotaph at 12:30 p.m.
“It was great seeing all the items going into the capsule and I couldn’t help but think who will be opening it, and what they will think of these items in 50 years,” added Darren Goldthorpe manager of Recreation Arts and Culture.