Saturday, December 7th, 2013

Time capsule: Saving a little bit of now for the future

Time Capsule Contents
Among the items submitted for the London-Madison County Bicentennial capsule are: (clockwise from bottom left) commemorative bicentennial medallions; a copy of the Fall 2012 edition of the Madison County Historical SocietysLog Cabin Sentinel, the cap that London Police Chief David Wiseman wore as a sergeant with the department; a players uniform from Jonathan Alder High Schools 2010 state championship baseball team; a box of Brillo pads manufactured in London (the brand turns 100 years old in 2013); and a decorative plate commemorating Londons centennial, celebrated in 1911. The items shown here are displayed on a tapestry depicting points of historical interest in London. Along with the tapestry, other items to be included in the time capsule range from modern day currency to information about the Madison County 4-H program.

(Posted Nov. 7, 2012)

London veteran Tim Stonecipher will be the main speaker at a celebration of veterans and local history on Nov. 11.

The public is invited to join representatives of London and Madison County at the new Bicentennial Park on East High Street in London at 1:30 p.m. Area veterans are invited to attend and be recognized for their service.

The celebration will include a musical performance by the Music Men of London.

he event will conclude with a brief dedication of the joint city-county bicentennial time capsule. The time capsule is scheduled to be opened on July 4, 2061, 50 years from the date the new park was dedicated during Londons 2011 bicentennial celebration. The county celebrated its bicentennial in 2010.

The park is being built with funds raised by the sale of commemorative bricks that, when inscribed, are being laid around the time capsule structure.

“Its not too late to buy a brick and support the park. Its a lasting way to recognize your family, organization or business, said Dina Pierce, chair of the London Bicentennial Steering Committee.

“We also will have other souvenir items, such as lapel pins and hats, available for sale as well as the bricks. The holidays are coming up and these would make unique gifts for family and friends, or to put away for posterity, she added.Weve seen people who still have items from the 1911 centennial and 1961 sesquicentennial. They really do become family keepsakes and a genuine piece of local history—or what will be local history 50, 100 years from now.

The bricks come in two sizes: 4×8 inches, engraved with up to three lines of type (15 characters per line) for $50; or 8×8 inches with up to six lines for $100. Order forms will be available at the park on Nov. 11; they also are available online at (click on theCommunity Events tab, then click on theTime Capsule tab). All proceeds from brick and souvenir sales are going toward completion of construction and landscaping at the park.

“We invite everyone to come out for the brief ceremony. Its a way to conclude two years of bicentennial activities with the county and city. And we really want to honor our veterans. Without them, we wouldnt have a history worth celebrating, Pierce said.

Refreshments will be available.

For more information about Bicentennial Park and the brick sales, call London Mayor David Eades at (740) 852-3243.

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