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Stopping time for a future generation at Kerrobert Courthouse

Once a 102-year-old time capsule was opened after being discovered during Kerrobert Courthouse restoration work, plans are underway to reill a new time capsule to be reinserted in new steps for a future generation.

KERROBERT — This spring, after opening a 102-year-old time capsule found during the Kerrobert Courthouse restoration project on the front steps, the town of Kerrobert, the Kerrobert Museum and the Kerrobert Courthouse Restoration Society knew they wanted to put a new time capsule in place once the steps project was completed

Town of Kerrobert office clerk, Veronica Smith, who is also part of courthouse committees says, “We have not yet placed anything into the copper box that is inset into the cornerstone of the building. It was hoped that the Tyndall stone sidewalls of the courthouse entrance would be completed this fall but unfortunately, the contractor that has been hired to do the sidewall restoration was not able to complete the work this fall therefore the cornerstone will not be restored to its original place until spring. “

Smith adds the town of Kerrobert and the Kerrobert Courthouse Restoration Society have gathered a collection of items to place into the time capsule. The team has plans to add more items over the winter months.

The collaborating organizations have consulted with a number of archivists and museum artifacts experts provided guidance on items to be placed in such a time capsule.

Knowing the care, attention and detail the team needed when unveiling and opening items that were in the century-old time capsule, they felt confident knowing what items they would choose to place in the capsule.

Smith says, with regards to the spring capsule opening and removal of contents, “Great care was taken not to unfold any paper items until they had reached the same ambient humidity of the building as per the Canadian Conservation Institution resources. The items were very carefully handled with gloves and tweezers and flat tools. It took a very long time to separate the items but overall, it was a success. The items are on display in the museum now if anyone would like to come to view them.”


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