|Time Capsule will be reopened in 2055, Manatee’s 200th Anniversary
MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Oct. 25, 2013) – Manatee County Public Library System will cap a year of programming and exhibits celebrating the statewide VIVA Florida 500 initiative by sealing a time capsule on Nov. 14.
The celebration, which will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14 at Central Library, will feature award-winning local photography, a visual description of the items being placed in the time capsule, refreshments and the sealing of the time capsule, not to be opened again until 2055 – the 200th anniversary of the founding of Manatee County.
Ericka Dow, adult services supervisor at the Central Library, and Pam Gibson, historical librarian, have been collecting items from Manatee County government, the library system, local organizations and museums such as The Manatee Players, Hernando DeSoto Historical Society, South Florida Museum and Florida Maritime Museum, and contest winners. The Time Capsule includes dozens of local keepsakes, tools and reminders including:
o an ornament commemorating the new Manatee Performing Arts Center building donated by The Manatee Players;
o An informational brochure from the Village of the Arts;
o Crewe coins from the Hernando DeSoto Historical Society
o Student artwork from Southeast High School VPA; and
o A coin commemorating 100 years of the Cortez schoolhouse from the Florida Maritime Museum.
Ponce de León’s convoy of explorers in 1513 was the first group of Europeans to document such a landing and give a name to Florida—La Florida. Viva Florida 500 is a statewide initiative led by the Florida Department of State to highlight the 500 years of historic people, places and events in present-day Florida.
The State of Florida Division of Library Services provided all county library systems with a time capsule and archival materials to preserve a record of our community and county in the year 2013.
Manatee County Public Library’s year of Viva Florida events included a kick-off celebration with author H. Terrell Griffin and the Hernando DeSoto Crewe; photography and letter writing contests; Create Your Own Time Capsule programs for youth; historical and cultural programs and exhibits focused on Manatee County’s local heritage; and a VIVA Florida-themed comic strip contest featured at Mana-Con Comics Convention for Teens in October.
“The time capsule has been a great way to get the community engaged in the VIVA celebration,” Dow said.
Manatee County Public Library’s VIVA Florida events are sponsored by the Conquistador Historical Foundation. The photography contest was sponsored by Johnson PhotoImaging.
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