Waldorf senior apartments open 20-year-old time capsule
Campaign items, Olympic wine, popular media found behind panel
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.