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Last month, the lid came off the rustic wooden outer box of Concord’s 1965 time capsule, revealing a mysterious brown paper bag nestled alongside the bulletproof metal capsule. This Sunday, June 7, the community is invited to see that curious bag and the metal capsule opened live onstage at the Concord City Auditorium (The Audi). For the first time in 50 years, the capsule’s contents will see the light of day. Rumors and predictions about the contents have been running rampant. On Sunday June 7, at 6:30 p.m., attendees at the Concord Historical Society’s Time Capsule Opening will see the truth firsthand.
Celebrations commence at 5:30 p.m. with an ice cream social in the Audi’s parking lot, courtesy of Arnie’s Place, and a 250th anniversary birthday cake for Concord from The Red Blazer. Weather permitting, the Abbot-Downing Historical Society will have Concord Coaches on display during the social. Other participating community groups include the Concord Heritage Commission, Concord 250, and Concord Historical Society.
The Time Capsule Opening at 6:30 p.m. will feature a Color Guard from Boy Scouts of America Troop 86 and Boys and Girls Clubs of Central New Hampshire. Following brief remarks from Concord Mayor James P. Bouley, Concord Historical Society President James W. Milliken, Concord 250 President Brent Todd, and Time Capsule Committee Chair Rebecca Lougee, the 1965 time capsule will be unbolted and opened. NH Historian and Preservation Consultant James L. Garvin will lead the ceremonial removal of items.
The capsule opening and removal of objects will be projected on a large screen, allowing audience members a close-up view of the action from the comfort of their seats. Items will be on display in the Audi’s lobby immediately following the ceremony, before they are catalogued and transported to the Concord Public Library for longer term display.
All are welcome to attend the free Time Capsule Opening and ice cream social. Admission to the Concord City Auditorium will be first-come, first-seated. For more information, visit www.concordhistoricalsociety.org.
The mission of the Concord Historical Society’s Time Capsule Committee is to unearth the 1965 time capsule sited at City Plaza, Downtown Concord (completed June 6, 2014), oversee the opening and related festivities of the 1965 time capsule on June 7, 2015, and to research and select content to be placed in the 2015 time capsule slated for burial on November 7, 2015.