October 19, 2018

Time capsule to be opened Friday

By Stephanie Choate

Observer staff

This year’s Independence Day celebrations in Williston will include a throwback to the millennium.

On July 2, members of the Williston Historical Society are set to open a time capsule made in the year 2000 by Williston Central School students.

“Opening a time capsule made even 10 years ago gives you a real sense of how time passes,” said resident Jack Price, who served as a mentor to the students during the project. “I think the Fourth of July is a remembrance of a time in our national history and also a time to reflect on our history as a town.”

Four Williston Central School eighth grade students — Ashley Baker, Jenn Dumont, Maribeth Fonda and Melissa Tatro — made the box 10 years ago.

The students are now in their early 20s. None of them could be reached prior to press deadline.

“Talk about a time capsule, we have the kids to look at,” Price said. “They were eighth graders and now they’re out of college.”

Price said he couldn’t remember what is in the box, but guessed there would be newspapers and “fadlike” items from the time.

“We’ll all be very surprised to find out what we put in there 10 years ago,” Price said.

Price will open the box during the intermission of the town band concert Friday night, likely around 7:45 p.m.

“I think there’s going to be a lot of people with interest in what is in it and what in 10 years has changed in Williston or the state of Vermont,” Historical Society member Ginger Isham said. “There’s been a lot of change in Williston in the last 10 years.”

Isham said society members didn’t want to wait too long before opening the time capsule.

“We didn’t know how many people would still be living here and who would remember it,” Isham said.

The time capsule is currently in the Vermont Room at Dorothy Alling Memorial Library.

Price said he thinks opening the time capsule will add to the overall community feel of the celebration.

“The Fourth of July always has been one of the things that … brings new people into town together with the old timers and really makes us feel like a community,” Price said. “Having a band concert and talking about the past, the fairly recent past in this case, gets people feeling pretty neighborly and feeling pretty good about where we are.”

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