HISTORY PRESERVED FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS
The last planned event of the 2002 Massena Bicentennial
celebration, the sealing of the Bicentennial Time Capsule, was
completed on Friday, July 26. Donated by David Frary of Phillips Memorial Home
in Massena, the time capsule was filled and sealed during
intermission of the Sandy Cook & Friends Big Band Concert at
Andrews Street Veterans Memorial Park.
Bicentennial memorabilia and merchandise, 2002 yearbooks from each
Massena school, pins from the Massena Museum and a variety of
items representative of this time in Massena history, were
donated by Massena residents and placed in the time capsule to
be opened fifty years from now. Other items included the
documents from Massena's legal battle for electric power in the
1970's, banners and road signs, memorabilia from Massena
Hospital's 50th anniversary, John Michaud's book on Massena
history, a volume of Bob LaRue's local history books "St.
Lawrence County Almanac," a Vern Mauch 2002 Massena
Bicentennial Calendar with pen-and-ink drawings of historic
Massena scenes and more.
Also placed in the capsule were a computer,
television and VCR for Massena folks in 2052 to have the
technology which might be necessary in order to view the tapes
and compact discs which were also sealed away.
The time capsule will reside in the Springs Park
near the bandshell for the next fifty years, under a marker
instructing the opening of the contents during Massena's 250th
anniversary celebration in 2052.
Looking inside the time capsule before it is sealed.
The capsule, weighing 1,700 pounds empty, was
designed and guaranteed to withstand moisture, leaks and the elements a
period of at least 75 years.