Underneath a plaque at the City Plaza in Concord sits a time capsule that was buried on June 7, 1965. On Friday, June 6, the city will dig up the time capsule to prepare for its 50th-anniversary opening in 2015.
“We are opening it a year early because of impending downtown construction in Concord, but it’s going to be a kickoff for a whole celebration,” said Jessica Fogg, marketing chair for Concord 250.
The time capsule ceremony will be the first of many events to celebrate the city’s 250th birthday.
“There’s going to be several speakers, and high school student Nathan Smith will be singing the national anthem,” Fogg said. “The Boy Scouts will present flags and the president of the Concord Historical Society and president of Concord 250 will speak.”
Fogg said all the previous Concord mayors and 1965 notables who were present at the burial have been invited to attend the ceremony.
“It’ll be a nice program. The capsule will be transported to Merrimack Savings Bank downtown in a 1965 vehicle and preserved there until next year when we open it,” Fogg said. “After, we will have a Dancing in the Streets theme party, which was a song written in 1964. We thought it was an appropriate theme so people can dance and have fun. Club Soda, a band native to Concord, will perform and there will be a photo booth, an antique car show and a new community art project that will start.”
Artwork by Lizz Van Saun of Hopkinton will be set up at the ceremony so the public can put a few pieces into place to create a mosaic. It will be the community’s first art piece created together.
“It’s going to be the first piece of public art,” said Fogg.
The time capsule’s contents are a mystery to many, including Fogg.
“I’m thinking, my personal guess, are things that are representative of our culture and mostly focusing on Concord,” she said. “It’s important to celebrate where you came from and the town you live in.”
Fogg said that by August 2015 the city will be preparing a new capsule to bury that will be opened in 2065.
“On a person level, since I’m involved, I’d love to see something in there with photos from the planning committee together,” she said. “It’s important to remember history. Times are ever changing. The past and the history of Concord is important, and we need to engage the youth in our community, because in 50 years, they are going to be the ones opening the time capsule.”
As seen in the June 5, 2014 issue of the Hippo.