Jun 8, 2015 7:28 AM

Crowd gathers to see opening of Concord's time capsule


CONCORD - It took a chisel and a little elbow grease to open the metal time capsule after 50 years.

A full house at the Concord City Auditorium watched from their seats on Sunday evening as Jim Garvin, a N.H. historian and preservation consultant, helped pry apart the various layers protecting its contents.

Most of what came out were papers - statements from the clubs, churches and organizations of Concord in 1965. There was also a roll of microfilm, some letters, coins and an old sermon, all handled carefully with gloved hands and gently placed in archival boxes.

One of the items was a letter written by a 6-year-old Concord resident.

"The envelope was me writing to my descendants," said Liz Hoadley Tillotson, seeing the letter for the first time 50 years later.

She remembers her grandfather's involvement with the 1965 time capsule but doesn't remember what she wrote back then. "I'm so very anxious to know," she said. The letter was in an archival box on display after the opening, but viewers were asked not to touch.

Among the first items removed was a proclamation that, among other things, urged the openers of the time capsule today to replace it with items from our time to send forward to the people of Concord in 2065. That is, in fact, the plan as part of the city's 250th celebration.

"I'm glad there's so many people here who care about this, and it's pretty funny that what's mostly in it are papers from all the organizations that were in our community in 1965, and so it'll be fun to have people read over them," said Liz Hager, a former state representative and one-time mayor from Concord.

The items will be catalogued and will then be displayed at the Concord Public Library.


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