Archive for Thursday, August 9, 2007

Time capsule gives city opportunity to imagine, remember

August 9, 2007

It's almost hard to imagine. By 2057 Harry Potter would be a harrumphing old man and his book series might seem antiquated. The city's now new pool might be gone for 20 years and replaced by something even newer.

But by 2057, both Potter and the pool could be talked about again thanks to the drawings and excited scrawls by the 2006 third-grade class. Their writings will be included in a time capsule to be unearthed during the city's bicentennial celebration.

The students recorded examples of what excited them about Eudora in 2007. Their writings included music, books and everything they currently enjoy.

Time Capsule committee members Tom Tucker and Bonnie Daigh gave me the opportunity to see some the writings collected by Eudora West Elementary School teacher Denise Kendall.

The third-grade students each filled out a form asking them several questions.

On May 17, third-grader Trevor Neis wrote that his favorite book was Harry Potter. Similarly he predicted his favorite movie to be "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix."

His favorite thing about Eudora was, "All the nice people and fun parks."

He looked forward to the pool and wrote he also enjoyed, "all the good restaurants in town."

When asked what he would like to tell readers about Eudora, he wrote: "A small town but a big heart."

The third-graders weren't the only students to contribute the capsule. Two fifth-graders, Kelsey Balluch and Madison Saxer, wrote letters describing what their grade was like in 2007 to fifth-graders in the future.

Balluch wrote about the day-to-day experience in the fifth-grade. She listed the fifth-grade teachers, length of recess and study habits.

"There's so much about our school lives that it's hard to tell you about all of it," Balluch wrote. "I enjoyed being in the fifth grade as I hope you enjoy being in the fifth grade today. I hope that I'll be able to read this story to you in 50 years. Our lives will probably be different."

Saxer described how she felt about the city itself.

"It's a very peaceful, calming place," Saxer wrote. "You might have little gadgets and all. But all we have is little computers, Gameboys and that stuff. If you were here you would feel safe."

Similar imaginings of then and now might come to the forefront of people's minds in the remaining months before the city's birthday bash at EudoraFest Oct. 5-6.

The capsule committee, led by Tucker, is working to spread that same sense of wonder, and if the capsule is successful, the same sense of reminiscence when it's finally opened in 50 years.

The group still is taking donations.

There are limitations. The group can't take anything liquid or acidic. If there's a chance an item might in some way harm other contents in the capsule, it probably won't make it in.

The items also have to fit in a 9-inch by 12-inch envelope. The committee will label and archive each item received.

For more information or to donate items, call Tucker at 542-3927.

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