Time capsule ceremony Monday

OKEECHOBEE — In 50 or 100 years, what will the future residents know about how Okeechobee residents lived in 2015?

As part of the City of Okeechobee Centennial Celebration, on Monday, June 20, a time capsule filled with items representing today’s Okeechobee will be preserved for those future residents.

The ceremony will be at 11 a.m. in front of Okeechobee City Hall on State Road 70. The public is invited.

The time capsule is 12 inches in diameter and 3 feet long. It was constructed and donated by Domer’s Machine Shop. Due to Florida’s high water table, the capsule will not be buried. Instead, it will be secured at City Hall.

The items in the time capsule were gathered from a variety of sources. Some items were chosen to represent local government and history. Centennial sponsors, whose donations funded the year long celebration, were also allowed to give items for the time capsule.

During the city’s centennial year of 2015, a series of special events celebrated local history, sometimes borrowing ideas from local celebrations of the past.

Should those celebrating Okeechobee’s 150th anniversary want to recreate the 2015 events, they will find plenty of information in the time capsule. The capsule contains planning information on the Centennial Kick Off, the Mayor’s Gala, the Birthday Bash, the Heritage Festival. The Festival of Lights, and the Christmas Frolic, as well as photos and newspapers articles about each event. It includes details such as copies of speeches made at the centennial events, the scavenger hunt rules, list of teams and winners, and the seating chart from the Mayor’s Gala.

Also included are special centennial items such the Centennial Logo, stickers and photos of the logo on a public vehicle.

Historical bus tour information includes a tour summary with one of the postcard booklets given out to those who went on the tour.

Also included in the time capsule is the sheet music for the Okeechobee High School Marching Band’s show “Postcards from Okeechobee,” and the winning essays from the creative writing contest.

Items that will give future residents a glimpse of 2015 include a flyer for the Okeechobee Music Festival, copies of the Okeechobee News, a copy of the Seminole Tribune, the 2015 Chamber Community Guide, a copy of the “Lake Okeechobee, Lady of Mystery” booklet, a pamphlet from the Peter and Louisiana Raulerson Market Dedication, the Okeechobee County Voter Guide, the Okeechobee County School Information Guide, copies of Okeechobee the Magazine, brochures from Church of Our Saviour and the United Methodist Church, 15 2015 pennies, a flyer for the 2015 Miss Teen Rodeo contest, business cards, advertisements from local businesses, a copy of the “100 Years Celebrating History,” publication by the Okeechobee News and the Okeechobee Historical Society, F-150, Silverado and Corvette specs booklets, and a menu from Los Cocos.

Information on famous natives of Okeechobee includes football players Lonnie Pryor, Jimmie Hones, Reggie Rembert, and Frankie Neal, baseball player Jonathon Crawford, and actors Jimmy Gary Jr. and Devin Williamson.

Also packed in the time capsule is a copy of the Centennial Time Line information, detailing important events in Okeechobee from its founding to 2015.

The time capsule contains books related to Okeechobee including “Haunted River Tales,” autographed by Patrick Mesmer, “Wild Florida,” autographed by Nancy Dale, and “Strolling Down Country Roads: A Pictorial History,” by Twila Valentine and Betty Chandler Williamson.

Publisher/Editor Katrina Elsken can be reached at kelsken@newszap.com

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