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Concord prepares for 250th anniversary with time capsule unearthing ceremony

  • People gather around the back of Bill Tracy's truck carrying the 49-year-old time capsule before its procession to Merrimack Savings Bank on Friday evening, June 6, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    People gather around the back of Bill Tracy's truck carrying the 49-year-old time capsule before its procession to Merrimack Savings Bank on Friday evening, June 6, 2014.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Martin Carroll and his wife Christine (right) show their daughter Abigail, 5, the 49-year-old time capsule on display through the window of the Merrimack County Savings Bank on Friday evening, June 6, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Martin Carroll and his wife Christine (right) show their daughter Abigail, 5, the 49-year-old time capsule on display through the window of the Merrimack County Savings Bank on Friday evening, June 6, 2014.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • The time capsule buried by Concord residents 49 years ago is lifted out of its hole in front of the State House during an unearthing ceremony on Friday evening, June 6, 2014. <br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    The time capsule buried by Concord residents 49 years ago is lifted out of its hole in front of the State House during an unearthing ceremony on Friday evening, June 6, 2014.
    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • People watch the unearthing ceremony on Friday evening, June 7, 2014 of a time capsule buried 49 years ago in front of the State House. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    People watch the unearthing ceremony on Friday evening, June 7, 2014 of a time capsule buried 49 years ago in front of the State House.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Members of the Concord Chorale sing during the unearthing ceremony of the 49-year-old time capsule in front of the State House on Friday evening, June 6, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Members of the Concord Chorale sing during the unearthing ceremony of the 49-year-old time capsule in front of the State House on Friday evening, June 6, 2014.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Members of the Concord Chorale sing during the unearthing ceremony of the 49-year-old time capsule in front of the State House on Friday evening, June 6, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Members of the Concord Chorale sing during the unearthing ceremony of the 49-year-old time capsule in front of the State House on Friday evening, June 6, 2014.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Brad Kulacz and Jim Milliken push the time capsule through Merrimack County Savings Bank after the capsule's unearthing ceremony on Friday evening, June 6, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Brad Kulacz and Jim Milliken push the time capsule through Merrimack County Savings Bank after the capsule's unearthing ceremony on Friday evening, June 6, 2014.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Bill Tracy peeks through the glass at the 49-year-old time capsule in its new home in the window of Merrimack County Savings Bank on Friday evening, June 6, 2014. <br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Bill Tracy peeks through the glass at the 49-year-old time capsule in its new home in the window of Merrimack County Savings Bank on Friday evening, June 6, 2014.
    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Tanner Rowell, 3, dances to the music of the Club Soda band at the Dancing in the Street party following the unearthing ceremony of the 49-year-old time capsule on Friday evening, June 6, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Tanner Rowell, 3, dances to the music of the Club Soda band at the Dancing in the Street party following the unearthing ceremony of the 49-year-old time capsule on Friday evening, June 6, 2014.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • People gather around the back of Bill Tracy's truck carrying the 49-year-old time capsule before its procession to Merrimack Savings Bank on Friday evening, June 6, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Martin Carroll and his wife Christine (right) show their daughter Abigail, 5, the 49-year-old time capsule on display through the window of the Merrimack County Savings Bank on Friday evening, June 6, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • The time capsule buried by Concord residents 49 years ago is lifted out of its hole in front of the State House during an unearthing ceremony on Friday evening, June 6, 2014. <br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • People watch the unearthing ceremony on Friday evening, June 7, 2014 of a time capsule buried 49 years ago in front of the State House. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Members of the Concord Chorale sing during the unearthing ceremony of the 49-year-old time capsule in front of the State House on Friday evening, June 6, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Members of the Concord Chorale sing during the unearthing ceremony of the 49-year-old time capsule in front of the State House on Friday evening, June 6, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Brad Kulacz and Jim Milliken push the time capsule through Merrimack County Savings Bank after the capsule's unearthing ceremony on Friday evening, June 6, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Bill Tracy peeks through the glass at the 49-year-old time capsule in its new home in the window of Merrimack County Savings Bank on Friday evening, June 6, 2014. <br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Tanner Rowell, 3, dances to the music of the Club Soda band at the Dancing in the Street party following the unearthing ceremony of the 49-year-old time capsule on Friday evening, June 6, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

Forty-nine years ago, Concord residents buried a time capsule to commemorate the bicentennial anniversary of the city’s birth, under a plaque that calls for it to be opened June 7, 2015. Yesterday, about 400 people gathered to participate in an unearthing ceremony in front of the State House to bring the time capsule out of the ground and put it on display before next year’s official 250th anniversary celebration.

The event downtown, hosted by Concord 250, kicked off a yearlong anniversary celebration, and Mayor Jim Bouley offered a brief reflection on the 1965 ceremony.

“Today, we’re reminded of those people, many of whom are still part of this great community, who buried this capsule out of love for their city of Concord,” he said. “And most surely, they wanted us all to know that they care deeply not only about the city of 1965, but they cared about the city’s future.”

Bouley listed several of

the historic moments from 50 years ago, including the Voting Rights Act, Martin Luther King Jr.’s activism and early exploration missions to the moon.

“As you can see, all times have their challenges and their opportunities, just as we do here today,” he said. “Within the next year, we’ll open this time capsule and begin a new period in our history.”

Concord 250 President Brent Todd said the celebratory events will link generations of Concord residents.

“The time capsule they buried then is really representative of the city itself and the people who lived in it,” Todd said. “I know a lot of folks remember being children during the 1965 celebration, and maybe their parents were involved in it. So they want to be part of things this year, and hopefully their children will be part of it next time, too. And so it goes.”

Jessica Fogg, marketing chairwoman for Concord 250, said the event was a chance to “see Concord evolve and bring the whole community together to celebrate it.”

“It’s about celebrating our history, but we’re also trying to give a lot of emphasis to how far we’ve come and the great progress that we’re making now. And where we’ll be in the future, too,” she said. “Engaging the younger generation and getting kids of all ages excited about it is important because 50 years from now, they could be here on the committee organizing the next celebration.”

Todd, who also represents Ward 1 on the city council, said they dug up the time capsule a year early for the sake of both practicality and programming.

“We’re anticipating construction work on Main Street, and we need the time capsule to be safely removed before it starts,” he said. “We decided to use it as an opportunity to showcase the box that contains Concord artifacts for the year leading up to the 250th celebration.”

Jim Milliken, chairman of the board of trustees for the Concord Historical Society and senior vice president of Concord 250, remembers witnessing the 1965 ceremony while on duty with the police department. He said with a whole year of programming this time around, this anniversary could be even bigger than the last.

“In 1965, there were fewer computers and fewer distractions for people. Now that there are so many more things attracting young people and families, it’s maybe a bit harder to have a community celebration,” he said. “But this is a big year for it – it’s the same year we’ll have a new Main Street, a new city plaza, and the city is bigger now, too.”

Concord 250 was formed as a nonprofit “to be a catalyst” for the celebration and to help community members coordinate their own events, Todd said.

“We’re trying to involve as many folks as possible. It’s really meant for everyone,” he said. “We’re still open to suggestions; there’s plenty of time for that. . . . We just want to encourage other groups in the city to create their own celebrations.”

One major project that will develop over the next year is the community mosaic project, which began yesterday. Anyone can participate and add a piece of glass to the mosaic, which will travel around the area until it is completed and presented to the city for the 2015 celebration.

“There are going to be four different panels with pictures that are reflective of Concord and New Hampshire,” Fogg said. “It will be installed outside so it’s public art, and the end product will be a truly community-owned piece of art.”

During the yearlong celebration, Todd said Concord 250 hopes to memorialize the legacies of residents.

“Each neighborhood or ward in the city has something unique about it and a special story to tell,” he said. “Once these folks are gone, the stories are lost, so it’s important for us as a community to record as much of that as possible.”

To that end, Fogg said Concord TV will be interviewing lifelong residents and recording their stories to compile in a commemorative DVD. Milliken said the community will also put together a new time capsule that will go in the ground in 2015 after the 1965 box has been opened.

Following the unearthing ceremony yesterday, the capsule was brought to Merrimack County Savings Bank, where it will be displayed in the window facing Main Street for the next year. Concord 250 also hosted a “Dancin’ in the Street” party, named after the 1964 song by Martha and the Vandellas, which would have been popular during the last anniversary celebration.

(Ann Marie Jakubowski can be reached at 369-3302 or ajakubowski@cmonitor.com.)

Legacy Comments10

So back to the box, did the N.H. Bar Association put something into it too? I just found this for: Arnold H. Huftalen the AUSA back in 2005 that brought the Brown Civil case to Concord from No. Haverhill against the law. http://www.nhbar.org/publications/archives/display-news-issue.asp?id=2484 Are there other towns with Time Capsules too? Concord seems to be a migration hangout for crooked-ness galore.

How ridiculous. If a box of artifacts from 1965 is a "Time Capsule", then Boone's Farm must be vintage wine. What month do they plan on 'excavating' the 2015 edition? Only in Concord.

Did the Feds put anything into The Time Capsule? The people of Concord in 1965 were as greedy for Federal Funds as the ones there today having KNOWING-ly put on blinders and earmuffs to the fact that the Title 40 United States Code 255 to now Section 3112 "head" of "agency" of Uncle Sam, as in the GSA / General Services Administration landlord for his tenants of: WAS then the U.S. District Court and Post Office of where the L.O.B/ Legislative Office Building is now, and IS of the James C. Cleveland building built in 1965-67 has yet to file his RSA Ch. 123:1 papers with the N.H. Secretary of State as required to get the RSA Chapter 123:2 exemption of property taxes for the land IF it were ever assessed. Unfortunately for the property taxpayers of Concord the Board of three City Assessors have FAILed to assess over there at The Warren B. Rudman block too http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM59GW as built in 1996-97 that's appraised at over $100 million and would bring in over $2 million a year in property taxes, but that the goons in government today are worse than in the past. At least back then, according to former City Solicitor Paul Cavanaugh the City had a P.I.L.O.T. set up: payment in lieu of taxes, in that Uncle Sam at least paid on some contract of now down to only their Water bill of to flow their excrement to the local sewer lagoon since they don't have a septic system there for Exclusive jurisdiction NOR for con-current jurisdiction either since that can only be obtained by the filing of their papers and so only with proprietary interest mislabeled as a private outfit over at the Manta website: http://www.manta.com/c/mx8kjg5/cleveland-jc-federal-building Did the Feds put anything into the Time Capsule? If so, what?

Perhaps This is where they hid the dissected "alien" from Area 51.

Yeah, but that after some of the modern so-called music they played yesterday, the vibrations destroyed it, (and some of the surrounding vegetation) as its finger was maybe reaching out like what happened to Carl Betz' character(as "Dr. Max Redford" ) in that Rod Serling "Night Gallery" Season 1, Episode 1 of the three taps on the grave. * (;-) I did like the Petula Clark "Downtown" song though. ** / * Carl Betz, 1921-78 (56) in "The Dead Man" (1970) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0660845/ & ** " "Downtown" is a pop song composed by Tony Hatch *** following a first-time visit to New York City. It was his original intention to present it to The Drifters " Here's an "Iconic performance on The Dean Martin Show 1967 " at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abOzcjxNJ30#t=11 of 3:05 minutes visited: 305,695 times; *** http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Nightingale born: June 30th, 1939. "

Mr Haas, What say you do up a Zager & Evans time capsule for us by reserving your next bloviated post until the year 2525.

Thank you Larry, for: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_the_Year_2525 *** and as you're right of to ask what "month" the next Time Capsule will be opened in Year 2015 (;-) as the generations get more anxious of the We Want it All Now mentality of exhibited by their idols of the Feds wanting it at the 100% amount that be WRONG! and if you want to call me pompous, that's fine as for the first part of the definition over at: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pompous " having or showing the attitude of people who speak and behave in a very formal and serious way " but that I write this not for myself, but others* of the victims in prison that I've tried to visit, but that of the gov't agents violating my N.H. Article 5 religious rights too! and so not " because they believe that they are better, smarter**, or more important than OTHER people " (emphasis ADDed*). So yes, I do admit that of me starter** on this subject as per the Ed Brown case against the IRS in BOTH the civil AND criminal realm because I have gone through it first-hand per taxations back to the 1980s and am willing to share my findings with others rather than to charge a fee like you attorneys and government parasites feeding off us the host do. *** It time for Uncle Sam "Turnkey" to nail "his own wrist to the wall as punishment for his crime" of Theft by Extortion in their "Protection Racket".

Bloseph, Please go to webmd.com and check out "chronic diarrhea of the keyboard". Perhaps they can cure you.

Larry, You're taking your medicine already by getting the truth thrown back at you within 30 seconds of reading [ http://www.noquarterusa.net/blog/1273/obama-violates-new-hampshire-law-with-robocalls/ ] Tomorrow the dosage goes on a rest. (;-) Your replies remind me of like what Harry Truman said of: "They hear the truth and think it's hell." Welcome to the "Monitor Purgatory". (;-)

Bloseph, Congrats on your shortest post in a month! Remove the bracketed link, and you almost look normal (fyi-nobody ever goes to those anyway). I'll call it progress, if you'll agree to stop winking at me. I don't swing your way. Not that there's anything wrong with that...

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