LOUISBURG — More than 500 people stopped by Louisburg’s Wildcat Activity Center on Labor Day to view a display of items recovered from the time capsule buried in 1968 to celebrate the city’s centennial. So many of those people expressed an interest in contributing items to the city’s sesquicentennial time capsule that the date to do so was pushed back.
Items for the time capsule now can be dropped off at Louisburg City Hall through noon Friday. The sesquicentennial time capsule will be buried at the Louisburg City Cemetery during a 4 p.m. ceremony Tuesday, Sept. 18, not to be seen again until 2068.
According to the Louisburg Historical Society, donations may include photos, letters, newspapers, clothing and other non-perishable mementos. Items should be labeled with the person donating the item and sealed, if necessary. Donations will become the property of the society.
While water filled the centennial time capsule, destroying many items and requiring a Herculean restoration effort for the rest, it is believed the vault being used for the sesquicentennial time capsule will better be able to stand the test of time, said Kiersten Allen, the historical society’s treasurer.
The 1968 vault was concrete with no lining, Allen said. It is believed the water worked its way through the concrete over the years since concrete is porous, or came in where the handles attach.
The vault being buried Sept. 18 is steel with a liner which will provide air pressure and, it is hoped, keep the water out this time, she said. All items should be sealed in plastic or glass, though, just in case.