Time capsule rededication
After an unforeseen accident, a new and improved time capsule will be dedicated today at the El Dorado County Government Center.
The original capsule was buried 26 years ago to this day, during the official opening of the new police and sheriff building at 1352 Johnson Blvd.
The capsule, however, assembled by the Johnson and Springmeyer families and meant to be opened in the year 2023, was accidentally dug up and punctured by a backhoe in 1997, just 24 years after its burial.
“We were having some work done on the fountain and when the construction workers lifted the flagstones they did not realize the capsule was there and dug it up unintentionally,” said city clerk Angela Peterson. “We opened it and tried to salvage the contents, but they really had not been preserved correctly and they had gotten wet.”
The contents, which included photos, documents and personal items such as Marjorie Springmeyer’s mother’s rolling pin, were displayed at the historical society, Peterson said.
At Springmeyer’s request, City Council agreed in 1997 to create a new capsule containing most of the original documents and some new ones.
“All the documents will be correctly stored, inventoried and categorized,” Peterson said. “Then we will send the capsule back to the manufacturer who will remove all the inert gas and weld it shut. If we’re going to do it, we’ll do it right this time.”
A large cement bench with the inscription, “Time capsules offer a way to share fundamental truths of the times with future generations.” has been placed at 1352 Johnson Blvd. The capsule will be buried underneath the bench.
The rededication ceremony is today at 1 p.m., at the El Dorado County Government Center, 1352 Johnson Blvd. For more information, call (530) 542-6004.
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