Pharos-Tribune

October 30, 2013

City buries time capsule in LMU Park

Contents to be exhumed in 2038

by Mitchell Kirk Pharos-Tribune
Pharos-Tribune

---- — More than 50 items regarding Logansport’s past and present were buried in Logansport Municipal Utilities Park Wednesday in a time capsule to be exhumed in 25 years, a time several public officials say they hope will allow those present to reflect on the events that have allowed the community to flourish.

Logansport Community Development Director Chris Armstrong, who spearheaded the project along with a committee of citizens planning events throughout 2013 to celebrate the city’s 175th year of existence, addressed a crowd of more than 50 people at the park for the burial Wednesday.

“It’s important because the city has a lot of good things going on right now,” Armstrong said in an interview after the ceremony, listing the power plant project, new multiplex and new Ind. 25 Hoosier Heartland highway, all of which are recognized through documents or photos in the time capsule. “My hope is that in 25 years, a lot of that will be even bigger and better than it is now.”

The canister, about 2 feet long and created by Galbreath Industrial Services, was sealed earlier this week with its more than 50 items, including a brass ring from the Dentzel Carousel, a Logansport High School T-shirt, photos, campaign memorabilia, city documents and several letters.

After being placed in a hole about 5 feet deep atop the foundation of the former Gossard factory that used to occupy the lot, many of those in attendance took turns filling it in with shovelsful of dirt. It was then topped off with a stone memorial made by Billman Monument, which dictates the exhumation of the capsule to take place in 2038, on the city’s 200th birthday.

“I think it will be a lot of fun and interesting, educational and exciting for those who open it,” said Thelma Conrad, executive director of the Cass County Historical Society. “The thing about a time capsule is — you can read about history — but it’s not the same as hands on. Anything you can find, it just seems to bring it home a little bit more and makes it more of a reality.”

Logansport Mayor Ted Franklin said he was not aware of any other time capsules buried by the city.

“This is just a way to tell future generations about the events and issues of the day,” Franklin said. “It’ll be a fun time to be be around 25 years from now and I hope I get to see it.”

Mitchell Kirk is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5130 or mitchell.kirk@pharostribune.com. Follow him: @PharosMAK

The time capsule buried in Logansport Municipal Utilities Park contains more than 50 items, including: Brass ring from Dentzel Carousel Wine labels from The People's Winery Logansport High School T-shirt Bruno's Pizza menu City pin Badges from city fire and police departments Ivy Tech Community College pennant and paper weight Photos of downtown