New 50-year capsule contents are displayed

Submitted to Dorchester Banner/County Tourism
The original time capsule from 1969 can be seen at the county’s Visitor Center.

CAMBRIDGE – The Dorchester County 350th Anniversary Committee and Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area invite the public to a time capsule celebration from 1-4 p.m. on Dec. 18 at the Dorchester Visitor Center at Sailwinds Park as they prepare to launch a new era and a new 50-year time capsule to be opened in 2069.

Inspired by the time capsule that was sealed 50 years ago and opened with great fanfare in September, the Heritage Area and 350th Anniversary Committee are continuing the tradition. They have been busy collecting and curating bits of history from organizations throughout Dorchester County.

More than 100 items that tell the story of Dorchester County’s heritage today – in 2019 – will be on display for one last time during this open house before they seal the time capsule for 50 years, said Julie Gilberto-Brady, manager of the Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area.

A few pieces from 1969 will be resealed in the new time capsule, along with documents, souvenirs, memorabilia, photographs, videos and other artifacts that commemorate Dorchester County’s history and heritage today.

A few of the items that will be placed in the time capsule include an oyster tin and medallion commemorating the Skipjack Nathan’s 25th Anniversary this year, medals from this year’s Ironman and Eagleman triathlons, items related to the Harriet Tubman movie and new mural, videos of the people who were profiled at the Smithsonian Water/Ways Exhibit, the winning work from the 350th Anniversary Student Art and Essay competition, the 2019 Dorchester County bird count, the 2019 Downtown Cambridge Christmas ornament, shoreline and Dorchester land maps, and more.

There also are plans to re-use the original time capsule that was fabricated locally by the C&K Lord Company as a donation to Sing Out Cambridge, the organization that collected the contents 50 years ago.

“What is wonderful about this project is that in 50 years, the people who open this time capsule will be finding items that are 100 years old, items like a tercentenary souvenir booklet, newspaper, buttons and other memorabilia from 1969,” Ms. Gilberto-Brady said. “I think the other interesting thing is that the company that fabricated the time capsule in 1969 is still in business in Cambridge today, and they will be re-sealing it for us later this month.”

The items will only be on display and will not be packed during the open house on Dec. 18. Because it will require professional welders to seal the capsule, that step will take place later in December.