1966 Time Capsule Destroyed

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1966 Time Capsule Destroyed

This photograph of the time capsule burial in 1966, shows Rita Patterson (left), and Betty Brandie (right). Both women were den mothers who helped the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in the photo to create clothes similar to those in 1866. The two girls are from the class of 1978, and the boy is from the class of 1972. Patterson is also the mother of the boy and the girl on the right. | photograph and information supplied by John McClellan.

This photograph of the time capsule burial in 1966, shows Rita Patterson (left), and Betty Brandie (right). Both women were den mothers who helped the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in the photo to create clothes similar to those in 1866. The two girls are from the class of 1978, and the boy is from the class of 1972. Patterson is also the mother of the boy and the girl on the right. | photograph and information supplied by John McClellan.

This photograph of the time capsule burial in 1966, shows Rita Patterson (left), and Betty Brandie (right). Both women were den mothers who helped the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in the photo to create clothes similar to those in 1866. The two girls are from the class of 1978, and the boy is from the class of 1972. Patterson is also the mother of the boy and the girl on the right. | photograph and information supplied by John McClellan.

This photograph of the time capsule burial in 1966, shows Rita Patterson (left), and Betty Brandie (right). Both women were den mothers who helped the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in the photo to create clothes similar to those in 1866. The two girls are from the class of 1978, and the boy is from the class of 1972. Patterson is also the mother of the boy and the girl on the right. | photograph and information supplied by John McClellan.


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by Stephanie Petrovick

When diggers unearthed the 1966 time capsule in Liberty Park on Friday, May 6, they noticed that the capsule was heavy and made a sloshing sound. When the diggers drilled a hole in the capsule, they discovered that water and mud had seeped into the capsule.

The notice posted outside the Unitarian Church on Saturday, announcing that the opening of the time capsule was cancelled. | by Stephanie Petrovick

The Hudson Historical Society posted this notice outside the Unitarian Church on Saturday, announcing that the opening of the time capsule was cancelled. | by Stephanie Petrovick

Much to everyone’s dismay the contents, newspapers and a town report from 1966, were destroyed. The Hudson Historical Society hopes to save an audio mag tape from the parade in 1966 made by the radio broadcasting company WSRO. Until an audio engineer can examine the tape, it is unknown if it can be salvaged. Luckily, no information was lost because the contents of the capsule were already cataloged elsewhere in town. The capsule traveled to the Unitarian Church where Nancy Rogers sorted through its contents in the hope that something could be salvaged.

 Nancy Rogers describes opening the time capsule and what she found inside.

Although the celebration was cancelled, the destruction of the time capsule has not discouraged the historical society, who plan to bury another two time capsules to be opened in 2066 and 2116, but this time the capsules will be waterproof. Pictures of the unearthing of the time capsule are available at the Hudson 150 Facebook page.