Time capsule marks Caribou’s 150th

Posted Aug. 25, 2009, at 7:35 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:43 a.m.

CARIBOU, Maine — Fifty years from now, the city will have undergone some changes.

But will the people who live in Caribou then remember the city as it is now?

The Caribou Kiwanis Club wants to make sure they do.

On Friday, the club will bury a time capsule on the grounds of the Caribou Fire Department. The event is being held as part of the city’s 150th anniversary celebration.

The Sesquicentennial Celebration based on the city’s founding in 1859 began in February. The largest portion of the fete began Aug. 22 and runs through Sept. 6.

The time capsule is a vault the size of a casket and will contain notes, photographs, stuffed animals and other mementos to depict what life in the city is like today.

It will be opened 50 years from now.

“We have a ton of things going in and we still have people sending in items for us to include,” Charlene Gage, president of the Kiwanis Club, said Tuesday. “There are so many things that people want to put in there for future generations.”

This is not the first time the club has buried a time capsule. On the city’s 125th birthday in 1984, the club interred a capsule on the grounds of the Fire Department. The newest capsule will be placed right beside it, Gage said Tuesday. Both will be opened in 2059.

Gage said the club wanted to bury both time capsules to preserve memories of the past and present for future generations.

“Some people are writing letters and putting them in so that their grandchildren can read them 50 years from now,” said Gage. “The Caribou School Department also has had a big hand in this. Students have filled out forms to answer questions about the plans they have for their future, and the forms will be dropped into the vault.”

Some children are putting in stuffed animals, and families are submitting family histories, letters and photographs.

The Kiwanis Club will put in newspaper clippings, details of past club projects and other artifacts.

The burial will take place at 1:30 p.m.

Gage said club members are excited about the project and the effect it will have on people when it is opened.

“Too bad some of us won’t be around to see it,” she said jokingly Tuesday.

There is still time to participate. Interested parties can purchase an envelope for $10 at the Caribou One Stop, the Caribou Food Trend and Caribou Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

For more information, contact Gage at 493-3200 or Carol McElwee at 498-8605.

For information on the sesquicentennial, go to www.celebratecaribou.com.

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