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Looking back and looking forward

Time capsule captures New Durham's history

by Tim Croes
Staff Writer - The Baysider

THE HISTORY OF NEW DURHAM is dropped into the time capsule that will be opened up in 2062. Pictured in the back row is Trevor Joy, a descendent of one of the first families of New Durham, Everett Rogers, the holder of Boston Post Cane for oldest living resident, his wife, Elizabeth Rogers and Ken Quigley, the director of Emergency Management Director. Tim Croes. (click for larger version)
December 12, 2012
NEW DURHAM —Monday, Dec. 10, was the 250th anniversary of the signing of the New Durham town charter, and a party was held at the New Durham Library.

The party was held in celebration of the creation and filling of a time capsule that will be opened in 50 years in 2062. The time capsule will be stored at the New Durham Town Hall, and will be filled with mementos celebrating the town.

The event and the creation of the time capsule was organized by Cathy Allen and she is very impressed with the variety of items that will be included.

Items from the very beginnings of the town will be included and pictures, documents from the highway department, town clerk, parks and recreation, land use and trustee of trust funds will also be added.

"It was great to see the stories that people wanted to tell and that they wrote them down," Allen said about collecting items for the time capsule.

Items were donated by the different grades in the school and many residents wrote down their thoughts and what New Durham would be like in 50 years. One of more interesting things to look forward to that was written down was a self-cleaning refrigerator.

Everett Rogers, who was awarded the Boston Post Cane for being the oldest living resident in New Durham, helped drop items into the time capsule during the party. He was joined by his wife, Elizabeth Rogers, Trevor Joy, a descendent of one of the first families of New Durham, and Ken Quigley, the Emergency Management Director.

Tim Croes can be reached at tcroes@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

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