Wal­dorf se­nior apart­ments open 20-year-old time cap­sule

Cam­paign items, Olympic wine, pop­u­lar me­dia found be­hind panel

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU jan­fen­son-comeau@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @JamieACIndyNews

Some items were relics of an ear­lier time, while oth­ers were eerily fa­mil­iar Fri­day when the Vic­tory Lake­side Se­nior Apart­ments opened up a time cap­sule that had been sealed for 20 years.

The Wal­dorf apart­ment build­ing for se­niors opened the time cap­sule hid­den be­hind a panel in its lounge Fri­day, to the de­light of past and present em- ploy­ees and res­i­dents.

Items in the time cap­sule had been sealed fol­low­ing open­ing cer­e­monies for Vic­tory Lake­side in 1996, said Mau­reen Swymer, com­mu­nity man­ager for Vic­tory Lake­side and mem- ber of the Charles County Area Coun­cil on Ag­ing.

Items re­moved in­cluded cam­paign stick­ers and but­tons read­ing “Clin­ton for Pres­i­dent” and “Clin­ton/Gore,” as well as cam­paign items for Republi- can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Bob Dole and run­ning mate Jack Kemp, plus a Time mag­a­zine ar­ti­cle on the then-up­com­ing election.

Also in­cluded was an Oc­to­ber 1996 is­sue of Sports Il­lus­trated fea­tur­ing golfer Tiger Woods on the cover.

Items from pop­u­lar me­dia of the time were in­cluded too, in­clud­ing a poster for the movie “In­de­pen­dence Day,” toys and col­or­ing books from the Dis­ney movie “The Hunch­back of Notre Dame” and items con­nect- ed to the pop­u­lar “The X-Files” tele­vi­sion se­ries.

A “TV Guide” was also re­moved from the time cap­sule, as well as a sou­venir bot­tle of wine from the 1996 Sum­mer Olympics in At­lanta.

Edi­tions of the Mary­land In­de­pen­dent and the Wash­ing­ton Post news­pa­pers were also found in the time cap­sule.

There were also pho­to­graphs of the Vic­tory Lake­side apart- ments un­der con­struc­tion and an in­vi­ta­tion to the grand open­ing from then-man­age­ment com­pany IGC, held Oct. 30, 1996.

“We’re re­ally happy to be able to share this part of our his­tory,” said Kath­leen Tan­tum, se­nior re­gional man­ager.

Carol Starnes, the for­mer leas­ing man­ager, said that when Vic­tory Lake­side was built more than 20 years ago with 54 units, there were few other se­nior liv­ing op­tions in Wal­dorf.

“It filled up re­ally quick,” Starnes re­called.

Vic­tory Lake­side is now man­aged by Habi­tat Amer­ica LLC, which pur­chased the property two years ago.

Cathy Mur­phy, pres­i­dent of Habi­tat Amer­ica, and Jeane Hen­dricks, vice pres­i­dent, were also in at­ten­dance.


Danny Swann, build­ing ser­vices, and Mau­reen Swymer, com­mu­nity man­ager for Vic­tory Lake­side Se­nior Apart­ments, stand to the side af­ter open­ing the panel con­ceal­ing the build­ing’s time cap­sule, sealed in 1996.

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