BANGOR, Maine — City leaders are asking for the public’s help to determine what should be included in a time capsule that will be filled in June and stored not in the ground but inside a vault at City Hall.
Bangor council Chairman Gerry Palmer and area historian Dick Shaw unveiled the empty time capsule on Friday and are accepting ideas and possible donations of artifacts.
“The city has always had a history of time capsules, and I think it’s something that people are always interested in,” Palmer said.
The capsule that will be filled is actually a handmade 3-foot-by-2-foot oak box that was built and donated by Palmer’s father, Gerald M. Palmer. The time capsule idea was conceived as part of the city’s yearlong 175th birthday celebration. Bangor was incorporated as a city in 1834.
“We want items that look a little into the past but also the future,” said Shaw, who has edited several books on Bangor’s history.
The items should be distinctive and Bangor-specific, Shaw said. Because space is limited, items also should be small.
Once filled, the time capsule will be stored inside City Hall, because, as Palmer explained, past time capsules that were buried in the ground have not always stood the test of time.
The capsule will be sealed on June 12 and reopened in 2034, which is Bangor’s bicentennial. That same year, the city will open a time capsule that was buried in 1959 near the Paul Bunyan statue on Main Street.
Suggestions for items to be included should be sent by e-mail to Shaw at pinetreeshaw@myfairpoint or to the Bangor City Council at email@example.com, no later than June 5.
Also on Friday, the city unveiled what it will hopes will be two new annual service awards for Bangor residents.
The first, the Paul Bunyan Community Service Award, would recognize an individual who has made a significant contribution in the quality of life or the enhancement of community or regional assets.
The second, the Paul Bunyan (Babe) Youth Community Service Award, has the same criteria but is eligible to those under age 18.
Nominations for both awards may by made by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by mailing to Paul Bunyan Award, 73 Harlow St., Bangor 04401. Nominations also may be dropped off in person at City Hall, the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce or the Bangor Public Library no later than May 1.
Nominations should be specific and kept to 100 words or less. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on Oct. 4, 2009.