"The time capsule will be officially opened on July 4, 2018 at 2:00PM at the Chase House. The Common Man is donating an ice cream social for the first one hundred people. Carl Johnson, Jr. will be emceeing the opening and we will have a slideshow displaying events from Meredith's 200th Anniversary in 1968," said Meredith Public Library Director and Time Capsule Committee Chair Erin Apostolos.
The Time capsule was buried in 1969 as the final celebration of Meredith's 200th anniversary in the previous year. Citizens of Meredith in 1968 chose to put items in the time capsule that largely commemorated the events celebrated in the 200th. Those events will be explained at the July 4 opening.
"We are also inviting everyone who was present when the time capsule was buried in 1968 to the library lawn at 1PM on July 4 for a group photo and to escort the capsule to its official opening at the Chase House," said Jonathan James, Chair of the Meredith Select Board and member of the Time Capsule Committee who will be donating the use of one of his antique vehicles for the occasion.
The time capsule is being removed on May 1 because the Friends of the Library will be planting a festive Red, White and Blue garden to help commemorate Meredith's 250th anniversary. Since the time capsule is currently in the garden bed, it will need to be removed prior to the planting of the garden so as not to disrupt it. It will be securely stored in one of the Town's vaults.
The library is also inviting anyone who was involved in the 200th anniversary of the Town in 1968 to contact Linda Hough at the library. We are looking for people who might be interested in a short interview about their experience as part of an Oral History Project. These interviews will be transcribed and then placed into the new time capsule which will be opened at Meredith's 300th anniversary. Please call 279-4303 or email us.