Time capsule to await tri-centennial

       “2009 Old Colorado City. Open 2159.”

Maloa Current Read (center), the sister of famous photographer Ira Current (both grew up on the Westside; she stayed, he moved to Rochester, New York), stands in the Old Colorado City History Center courtyard during the time capsule ceremony Aug. 12, flanked by relatives Irma Current Hilfers (left) and Kathe Jackson. Part of the ceremony included Read placing a commemorative brick in the courtyard in honor of her brother. In the lower foreground, not yet covered, is the time capsule, which isn't to be opened for another 150 years.
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       That's the simple instruction on a time capsule that was sealed and buried in the courtyard of the Old Colorado City History Center Aug. 12.
       The 2-foot-diameter, 1-foot-deep stainless steel drum mostly contains paper materials - such as letters, newspapers and books, according to Joanne Karlson, president of the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS).

The wording on the lid of the History Center's time capsule.
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       Among these are a “wide variety of comments” provided by Westside residents and visitors in response to a capsule-related appeal from the OCCHS, as well as copies of the society's recent publications and newsletters, she said.
       The capsule is part of the OCCHS's celebration of the sesquicentennial (150th) anniversary of Colorado City's founding in 1859. That's why the capsule is not to be opened for another 150 years - on the year of the town's tri-centennial.
       Other items awaiting the eyes of the future include a Carnegie Library brochure and the July 30 Westside Pioneer issue that gave advance information about the sesquicentennial Founders' Day that was then coming up Aug. 8. One of the books is early resident Irving Howbert's “Memories of a Lifetime in the Pikes Peak Region,” which the OCCHS had reprinted two years ago.
       OCCHS Treasurer Dave Hughes, reaching back to his time running the city's bicentennial activities in 1976, inserted a roll of signatures he'd collected from people then willing to be “additional signers” of the Declaration of Independence.
       Karlson herself put in grocery ads and recipes. “People kind of laughed” at that, she said, but “I wanted to give them a slice of life. So often those things get forgotten, because we start thinking about what's important.”
       The Aug. 12 ceremony - timed for the actual founding date in 1859 - also featured local resident Maloa Read placing a commemorative brick in the courtyard in honor of her recently deceased brother, Ira Current, 98, who'd grown up on the Westside and become a nationally known photographer in New York.
       The only electronic item in the drum is a digital card placed there by photographer David Hughes (Hughes' son) - although it was questioned at the Aug. 12 ceremony whether electronic systems 150 years from now will be capable of processing the data. “None of us will be around to find out,” Karlson philosophized afterward.

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