18 June 1991 Time Capsule

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18 June 1991 Time Capsule - Tuesday, June 18, 1991 Tuesday Style Kokomo...
Tuesday, June 18, 1991 Tuesday Style Kokomo (Ind.) Tribune 11 A timely activity Seiberling celebrants look ahead By Tom Carey Tribune assistant Style editor Lafayette Park fourth-graders recently wrote letters which they may not see again — if at all — until they're just shy of retirement. retirement. , Don't blame the Postal Service. Their missives, as well as an autographed fungus, a school T-shirt and a "slap wrap" bracelet, are among items to be stored for 50 years in a time capsule at the Howard County Historical Museum. "It'd be neat if my grand- Children got my letter," said author Elizabeth Ann Springer. She, however, may not be around when the capsule is opened, as "I want to move to Florida.'' The capsule — "born" in connection connection with the 100th anniversary of the Seiberling Mansion, the museum's home — was the brainchild brainchild of Howard County Historical Society board member Mary Ellen Harnish. "I was on the 100th anniversary committee ... and I suggested it," said the long-time Seiberling volunteer. volunteer. "This house has never had a time capsule. I thought that would be kind of neat.'' In 1973, Harnish and fellow board member Manfred G. Wright compiled "A Brief History of Monroe Seiberling's Mansion." The 24-page booklet described construction of the home which was begun in 1889 for the Gas Boom industrialist who moved in with his large family in 1891. A fourth-grade teacher at Lafayette Park School and also a volunteer with the Tribal Trails Girl Scout Council, Harnish was involved in the 50th anniversary celebration of the Girl Scouts' Little Little House Service Center in Foster Park. As part of the celebration, a 1941 time capsule — containing a rusty horseshoe, pictures and articles articles concerning troop activities, and matches emblazoned with car and soft drink advertisements of the time — was pulled in January from the hearth. To carry on the tradition, at the council's request, Haynes International's International's Rick LeClerc designed a new time capsule which, Harnish Harnish said, is being filled at this time. Set to be sealed in September and displayed at the Little House, that capsule won't be opened for 50 years. Harnish decided to repeat this feat by having LeClerc design yet another capsule — also constructed constructed out of a Haynes alloy — for the mansion. Measuring 24 by 12 by 12 inches, the enscribed capsule capsule has been open since early May and will be stored in a glass-enclosed case on the mansion's mansion's second floor. "We wanted it on display as a reminder," she said. Historical society board members have decided the container container won't be opened for 50 years. All teachers of the county's fourth-grade classes — which study Howard County history — were told of the project. When the Lafayette Park students recently descended on the mansion, they brought a school T-shirt, ballpoint pen, and yearbook. Students also wrote letters, in which they "talked" about families, families, classmates, future plans, and current events — "some little history history of themselves and history of their fourth-grade year.'' "It's written to the future," Harnish said. When the class studied plants earlier this year, one student brought in a fungus. Harnish had students sign the item; the signatures became "permanent" as the fungus dried. Harnish said she decided to place the item — which had hardened — in the capsule capsule because "that was kind of like part of our room all year." A "slap wrap" bracelet — a fad item popular with Harnish's students — also will be encased in the capsule. capsule. Photographs of the mansion and Highland Park's Vermont Covered Bridge, Sycamore Stump and the steer Old Ben, as well as the Elwood Haynes Museum and a 1905 Haynes Model L, also were placed in the capsule. Student Kyle Peters donated a military patch, designating the accomplishment accomplishment of Operation Desert Storm. Harnish has gotten inquiries Capsules preserve community history By Tom Carey Tribune assistant Style editor Unlike the late Jim Croce, local residents want to save time in capsules, not a bottle. The Howard County Historical Society is compiling artifacts-in- training for a capsule to commemorate commemorate the 100th birthday of the Seiberling Mansion, 1200 W. Sycamore St., home of the county's county's historical museum. Items are being accepted at the museum for inclusion in that capsule, which will not be opened for 50 years. Local Girl Scouts and Bicentennial Bicentennial aficionados also share this hankering for historical preservation. preservation. And that taste for history was believed to have been shared by some city officials in the 1890s — although it has never been proven. Girl Scout Little House Service Service Center — The structure was dedicated in June 1941 when Kokomo Mayor Harold Freeland laid the hearthstone that sealed a time capsule into the building. Each troop belonging to the Kokomo Girl Scout Council had one representative place an article article in the "Hearthstone Box." An official Girl Scout cookie box, as well as a Kokomo Tribune that gave prices on movies, oranges, and men's shoes, were discovered when the box was opened in January 1991. Also found in the capsule were a list of camp requirements, a small bow and arrow, and the winning poem — authored by Janet Cain Pucommun — in the 1941 poetry contest. • Mary Ellen Harnish, chair- Woman of the 50th anniversary Celebration, received from mayoral administrative assistant Nanette Bowling a gold key to the city to be placed in a new time capsule. That inscribed capsule — donated by Haynes International — will be sealed and not opened for 50 years. Kokomo City Building — When the construction of a new city hall was being planned in 1983, Howard County Museum Curator Richard Kastl discussed the possibility of a time capsule being encased somewhere in the old City Building Building at Walnut and Washington streets. "I have a feeling that there's one in there somewhere," Kastl said. Although city officials at the time had no proof such an item was in the building — dedicated in 1894 — "it appears to have been a normal practice to include such things in buildings when they were dedicated and I don't think this would be any different.'' Kastl believed if such an item existed, it would be behind either the dedication plaque inside the Walnut Street entrance or in the datestone in the corner of the building. Officials even discussed using a fluoroscope to X-ray the building. But it was all to no avail; no capsule capsule was ever found in the huge limestone structure which since has been converted into City Venture Venture One. However, a capsule — made by Cabot Corp. (now Haynes International) International) — was enclosed inside the dedication plaque near the main entrance of the new City Hall during during its dedication ceremonies in November 1983. Included among the capsule's contents were 200 photographs of Kokomo, as well as 13 essays from Lafayette Park fourth-graders prepare items for time capsule (Tribune photo by Tim Bath) Pupils' missives in capsule By Tom Carey Tribune assistant Style editor "This year there was a war," writes Ann Hingst. "It was called 'Operation Desert Storm.' It was between the Allies and Iraquies. "As it was going on it was kind of scary. Saddam Hussein, Hussein, the leader of Iraq, kept threatening the U.S. that he would enter our country and attack." However, Amber Nicole Parsons viewed the episode in a different light. "I got to be in a war. Isn't that great?" Views of life in 1991 — both on global and personal levels — will be shared by these two and other Lafayette Park fourth-graders fourth-graders when contents of the Seiberling Mansion's cen- tennial time capsule are viewed viewed by future generations. Pupils of Mary Ellen Harnish, the youngsters placed letters as well as other items in the capsule, set to be opened in 50 years. Found here are some messages, with original spelling spelling and grammar, which could be read by the authors' grandchildren: grandchildren: • " ... Last fall the Berlin Wall came down. After that war broke out in the Persian Gulf because Iraq wanted more shipping land..." Wesley Ryan Gam Win • " ... I am (was) in fourth grade. The year is 1991. A long time ago, huh? For you anyway... anyway... "The war in Saudi Arabia is (was) over. Sadam Husein is (was) a twit..." Gregory Allen Blackburn • " ... A long time ago we had good and bad things in this time June 3, 1991. There's good things like houses, churches, and schools. There are bad things like cigarettes, drugs, and alcohol..." Jenny Munsell • " ... I had a nice teacher not including all six reading teachers. I like Mrs. Potter. She left for Sauidia Arabia. She taught me alot about the war. "When Iraq tried to take over Kuwait. But nobody can beat the United States of America. We had a whole bunch of troops and they had very little troops. "We won the war..." Jon Mitchel Silcox • "... When you open this time capsule I hope to be married married and have 4 children, two girls and two boys... "... Well I think it is really neat to be writing to a person who's gonna get this a long time from now. "P.S. Peace in the Middle East." Elizabeth Ann Springer • "... When you open this capsule, please contact me at 1016 W. Maple, Kokomo, Ind., 46901..." Kyle Marcus Peters Maybe he should leave a forwarding address. from fellow teachers about the capsule, including one asking if a tennis shoe could be included. Harnish said it could. While the capsule tentatively will be open through the end of the year, the Lafayette Park instructor instructor said people may want to drop items in while attending the Seiberling Centennial Lawn Party, from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The celebration is being conducted to mark the 100th and 75th anniversaries anniversaries of the mansion and historical historical society, respectively. Marbles, croquet, horseshoe pitching, and other games popular during the Victorian era will be be demonstrated and played. Music and other entertainment will be offered all afternoon, and the cap- sule will be dedicated. People wanting to place something inside the capsule should attach their name, address, and a photograph of themselves, if possible, to the item. People wanting to place items in the capsule may drop them by the museum — located at 1200 W. Sycamore St. — Tuesdays through Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m. "I think it's neat because one of my grandchildren could be on the historical society when they open it," said Whitney Winger, who wrote of her dreams to become a marine biologist. "They could get my letter and bring it home ... and I could see it and remember what I thought when I was in fourth grade. You can take that capsule and stuff it Bicentennial capsule is sealed such people as iiowaru circuit Judge Robert Kinsey, various directories and brochures, and even popular commercial enterprises enterprises like E.T., Garfield, Smurf, and Luke Sky walker (from the "Star Wars" film series) dolls. "We want this capsule to be something people can treasure and use in the future," Kastl said at the time. "Our aim was to try to preserve for future generations what life was like in this time," he added. "We tried to get as much as we could in a small box." Bicentennial Time Capsule — Taped messages from focal officials, officials, and letters from local, state, and national officials were placed in the Howard County Bicentennial Bicentennial Time Capsule to celebrate celebrate America's 200th birthday. (Tribune file photo) Also placed in the capsule were a copy of "Proud Heritage "76," a special historical publication by the Kokomo Tribune; Bicentennial Queen Kris Das' winning essay; a recording of current music; a letter letter from President Gerald Ford; a commentary of current fashion by Tribune columnist Pat DiSalvo; and other articles showing the quality of life during 1976. The capsule — also donated by Stellite Division of Cabot Corp. — was sealed in the lobby of the Howard County Courthouse at noon July 2, 1976, with an opening date planned for the nation's 300th anniversary. Sarah Viveiros was bicentennial chairwoman. The capsule later was moved from the courthouse and is on display at the historical museum. "What's happenin', toots?" asked Velveeta Marie, as she entered my apartment and saw me scribbling furiously. "I'm working to make the future Kokomo a more interesting place." "Oh ... so when are you movin'?" "Cute. No, I'm compiling a list of things to place in the Seiberling Mansion's time capsule. When that sucker's opened in 50 years, they'11 know I was here." "Kinda' the same feelin' I get after you've been over to my place to eat'beenie-weenie casserole.' " "Sort of." "So... what are you storing?" "Well, first, my kitchen sink." "What?" "Well, I figure by the time the capsule's opened, the 'Spam Surprise' Surprise' I cooked last week will have come off the skillet I'm soaking." "I can swallow that." "No one else could. Anyway, next, my phone bill. It's gonna' take me at least 50 years to raise enough money to pay it." "And this?" Velveeta asked, brandishing a flat black disc. "A Tony Orlando and Dawn album. Maybe by then they'll have found someone who'd like to listen toil." "Anything else?" "The entire city of Elwood." "That wouldn't fit!" "But wouldn't it be nice not to have 19 look at it i'or a while? " "Quitea list, bozo." "So, what would you lock away for the next half-century? " "Oh, how about all the resentments, resentments, prejudice and self centeredness in the world?' Velveeta said. "They aren't doing us any good; maybe someone will By Tom Carey have some use for 'em 50 years down the road. But I doubt it. "I'd also like to throw in my hopes and prayers for the lonely, hungry and homeless, as well as for world peace. I think they'll be needed as much down the road as they are now." "My, what splendid thoughts," I said. "Now shut up and go away." Jee/, I hate it when she gets deep. Anyway, Velveeta stopped in about a week later and asked me if I wanted to swing by the mansion mansion and drop off my items for the capsule. 'Sure, as soon as I find them," I said, riffling through a mound of debris in the middle of my living room floor. "In that pile?" Velveeta said incredulously. "If they're buried there, you'll never find 'em. "Why it could take you ... forever." forever." "Or at least, say, 50 years " I muttered, as a thought dawned on me. "So who needs a time capsule?" capsule?" "Indeed." (Carey is assistant Style editor fur the Kokomo Tribune and may be readied at the newspaper office office — but probably not through the next 50 years.)

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