Dave Cheever, Maine’s state archivist and vice chair of Maine 200, said official bicentennial celebrations will actually begin on July 26, 2019. That’s the 200th anniversary of the day when voters approved the state’s secession from Massachusetts, which then officially happened March 15, 1820.
“The plan is to have a kickoff day on July 26, and have Gov. Mills and others visit significant communities across Maine,” said Cheever. “That will also be the day we hope to launch the time capsule program.”
Cheever said the Maine 200 committee hopes to partner with communities and organizations statewide to create time capsules to be buried next year and reopened in 2120. The committee is working with the University of Maine to design a four-chambered capsule that can receive additions every 25 years — in 2045, 2070 and 2095 — so each generation can contribute to a picture of 100 years in Maine.
“We want [the time capsule] to be something anybody — a business, a school, a town, anybody — can take part in,” said Cheever. “It’s the same idea with the Tricentennial Pine Grove.”
Emily Burnham is a Maine native and proud Bangorian, covering business, the arts, restaurants and the culture and history of the Bangor region.
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