It’s about time
A time capsule has been filled, sealed and placed in the ground for opening in 2058, when Corydon celebrates its 250th birthday.
Items for the capsule were donated by Harrison County residents, some who may be around to see them again in 50 years.
Jacob Smith, 13, of Corydon donated several items that were sealed in a plastic bag for safe keeping before being placed in the vacuum-tube cylinder. There was a copy of Corydon Central High School’s newspaper, The Pantherette, a Hayswood Theatre program from a play Jacob was in, a book and a Santa Claus Pez dispenser. Jacob is a collector of Pez dispensers.
‘So, when (Jacob’s) 63 he’ll have some of his stuff to pull out,’ Pam Bennett Martin said Friday afternoon as a dozen or so people turned out at the Corydon Town Hall to witness the sealing of the time capsule.
Also among the items placed in the capsule were a copy of Andrew E. Stoner’s book ‘Legacy of a Governor: The Life of Indiana’s Frank O’Bannon’ signed by Judy O’Bannon; a South Harrison Community School Corp. coffee mug and a flash drive containing pictures and information; a copy of ‘A Big Land in a Small Place’ DVD that details the history of Corydon, as well as Harrison County; a CD of photos taken by Alan Stewart during Light Up Corydon’s fireworks display along with pictures taken by Way Up Photos’ owner Dave King; other photos from the year-long birthday celebration of the town that once was Indiana’s first capital; a copy of Bryan Moss’ book, ‘Photosynthesis: A Simple Guide to the Magic of Photography’; aerial photographs of the town of Corydon and the Harrison County Fairgrounds, as well as an aerial view of the houses along North Capitol Avenue; and letters written by sixth graders at Corydon Elementary School.
Bennett said the students wrote about what they think the town will be like in 2058.
Ten-year-old Alyssa Epperson of Corydon helped placed items in the capsule. Bennett encouraged her to be present in 50 years at the opening.
A similar time capsule was opened as part of the town’s bicentennial celebration in October while recognizing the 200th anniversary of Cedar Glade, a Federal-style house that was built along Big Indian Creek in north Corydon. It is the second oldest house in Harrison County.
Way Up Photos took a group aerial photograph of everyone who attended the Cedar Glade celebration for placement in the time capsule.
Members of the Corydon Birthday Committee solicited items for the 2058 time capsule.
‘I’ve been in office 32 years,’ said Corydon Town Council member Fred Cammack, ‘and this (year-long) celebration has been the best event. The committee did a good job.’
He credited Martin with keeping things running smoothly.
‘If Pam had not been behind this, I would have stumbled undoubtedly,’ he said, adding that the Sept. 14 windstorm ‘sidetracked’ him tremendously.