The Time Capsule, spearheaded by councilmember Dominic Farinha for the 2009 town’s Centennial, was put 6-feet in the ground on Monday, Aug. 11 in front of the Center Building with the work of the City Crew. The rock covering and plaque will be put on at a later date.
Carol Scoles, president of the Patterson Township Historical Society, said GPS used to coordinate the capsule so the historical society and city of Patterson will have its coordinates to use in the future to find the capsule should something happen to the rock marker.
Scoles also thanked city crews who worked on the project.
“I was very impressed by the enthusiasm of all the city workers,” Scoles said. “They each seemed to be genuinely aware of the historical significance of what was happening. Digging was fun because we didn’t know what we might find.”
The Time Capsule, now encased in front of the Center Building on the circle downtown contains a typewritten list encompassing four pages listing such items as student artwork, Centennial Celebration Memorabilia binders with submissions from the community as well as phone books, car brochures, non-working cell phones, posters of City Hall, General Plan Map, list of churches and Patterson Photos Memory Book from 1909 to 2009.
It also includes then-Mayor Becky Campo’s state of the city address, yearbooks from local schools and bricks from the old Del Puerto Hotel.
“A tremendous amount of passionate pride, planning and consideration went into the Patterson Centennial Celebration,” said Farinha. “Inside the time capsule lies a great number of mementos, personal letters, artworks from children and other symbolic treasures that typify the great pride that so many Patterson residents share in common. The complete list of items inside the time capsule has been shared with the historical museum. “
Farinha designed the overall design of the plaque and consulted with former Patterson resident Jason VanDusen who digitalized the final layout. Local business owner Troy Brown of Graphic Print Stop had the plaque produced.
“I was very glad to work with both talented business owners to produce an end product that has brought forth a plentiful amount of enthusiastic compliments,” Farinha said.
The lengthy planning process included upgrades to the sidewalk and landscaping in front of the Center Building and delayed the burial of the capsule, Farinha noted.
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