Time cap­sule set for ded­i­ca­tion

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

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.

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