Time capsule to be rediscovered in 25 years

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Time capsule submissions can be made to the Mason Area Chamber of Commerce

By Layne Alfred
The Mason Times

As part of the sesquicentennial celebration, the Mason Area Historical Society and Mason City Hall are working to create a time capsule to be buried and viewed in 25 years.

“It gives people in the future a snapshot of the time when the time capsule was compiled,” said Alissa Day, vice president of the Mason Area Historical Society.

“The time capsule is an excellent way for people of all ages in Mason to put their own mark on this historic event, sharing in Mason’s official 150th anniversary,” said Jean Bement, member and head of the Newsletter Committee.

The time capsule will preserve history in a special way, due to its tactile nature. Day explained how much the Historical Society has been stressing the importance to people of printing photographs and hand-writing stories and letters in hopes that they will submit these for the capsule.

“People keep photos on their phones and tablets. Everything is digital. As a society, we‘re encouraging people to participate because it’s a way to physically preserve history,” said Day.

According to Barb Tornholm, the president of the Mason Area Historical Society, City Hall will be collecting items on behalf of the 150th committee, while the Historical Society designs the program and gives people the resources they need to contribute, such as organizing a time capsule workshop.

“Our purpose is to gather the stories of Mason and safeguard them,” said Tornholm. “We’re encouraging people and giving them ideas and suggestions.”

This is not the first time Mason and the Historical Society have compiled a time capsule. Katina Potts-Pine, the secretary and webmaster of the Historical Society, added that the workshops and resources they provide change based on how the program is being run.

The Historical Society was formed in Mason in 1976, and is devoted not only to preserving Mason’s history, but promoting interest in it. According to Bement, this is done by “having monthly programs about historical topics of interest to the public, publishing various books about Mason history, and maintaining a website and Facebook presence to promote interest in Mason’s history.”

“It’s been a lot of fun, pulling out some of the really old archives. If you come across something no one has seen before, it’s really exciting,” said Potts-Pine. Mason’s Historical Society is not only a pastime for the members, though. It is a passion. “Things take time, and everyone is a volunteer, but everyone on the job treats it like a passionate job.”

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