In honor of the Carnegie Arts Center’s 100th anniversary, the organization held a dedication ceremony for the Carnegie Centennial Time Capsule on Friday. The time capsule holds a number of items chosen to represent what life in Turlock is like in 2016. The time capsule will stay sealed at the Carnegie until 2116, when, hopefully, a new generation of Turlockers will open it and see what's inside.
The time capsule includes a penny collection donated by former mayor Brad Bates, and photos donated by former mayor John Lazar that show his children at the new center’s groundbreaking. Newly-minted coins, a digital photograph of the current Carnegie staff and a Carnegie volunteer badge were also put into the capsule. A flash drive containing artwork of local students depicting what they think life in Turlock will be in 100 years was included as well, along with shirts from the local high schools and a keychain from Stanislaus State. A Dustbowl Brewing Co. growler was placed in the capsule, too, as well as an envelope with today’s stamps and a list of the capsule items. The capsule was built from high-gage steel to prevent the elements from rusting the box or harming the items inside said Eric Julien, pictured.
“The building itself is a bit of a time capsule since there are so many memories here,” said Carnegie Director Lisa McDermott. “This is our way of putting stuff to go along with those memories so people can make sense of them.”