Time capsule burial at Royal Oak Public Library

By |2018-01-15T19:07:41-05:00September 2nd, 2011|Entertainment|

The longstanding tradition of time capsule burials is alive and well as Royal Oak citizens begin to collect what will eventually be artifacts of the city.
Royal Oak community members are planning to mark the 90th anniversary of the city’s founding with the burial of a time capsule at the Royal Oak Public Library, Oct. 1. The project is titled “Snapshot Royal Oak 2011.” Volunteers have collected photos, newspapers, artworks and various other objects depicting the culture of Royal Oak.
The time capsule will be opened in 2046, 35 years later.
“In celebration of years of achievement and growth, residents of Royal Oak want to leave a legacy,” said Jay Dunstan to Royal Oak Patch. Dunstan was named 2008 Royal Oak Citizen of the Year and initiated the time capsule project. “This legacy is a time capsule showing future residents, friends and visitors how the city stands today.”
Support for the time capsule project has been very strong. Various youth and adults have come forward with objects to be placed in the capsule such as parking tickets, menus and references to pop culture and today’s news.
Royal Oak residents gathered in Michael Chetcuti and Kyle Evans home for a fundraiser for the time capsule last July 21.
At the event, numerous items to be included in the capsule were displayed. The fundraiser was sold-out, with 60 guests attending, each paying $100. Local photographer Rod Arroyo photographed the evening and will include the photos inside the time capsule.
The Royal Oak Public Library also held an art contest for the project, the winner of which would have photographs of their entries placed within the capsule. Artwork inspired by the “Snapshot Royal Oak 2011” theme is displayed inside the Royal Oak Public Library until Oct. 7.
The time capsule will be buried during an afternoon ceremony at the Royal Oak Public Library. Along with the time capsule burial, a butterfly garden will be dedicated near the entrance of the library. Submissions from the library’s art contest will be displayed during the ceremony.
The “Snapshot Royal Oak 2011” ceremony is 1 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Royal Oak Public Library, 222 E. 11 Mile Road, Royal Oak. For more information, call 248-990-8210 or e-mail Jay Dunstan at [email protected]

About the Author:

BTL Staff
Between The Lines has been publishing LGBTQ-related content in Southeast Michigan since the early '90s. This year marks the publication's 27th anniversary.