A newly deputized junior ranger watches intently at the Acadia National Park Centennial ceremony at the Jordan Pond House in August. ISLANDER PHOTO BY EARL BRECHLIN

Group plans time capsule



BAR HARBOR — Organizers of this year’s Acadia National Park Centennial Celebration are assembling a time capsule to be opened 100 years from now when folks on Mount Desert Island observe the park’s bicentennial.

The stainless-steel cube, 22 inches on a side, will be displayed for the next century in the offices of the Bar Harbor Bank and Trust on Main Street inside a glass and cherry wood case. Once all items have been placed in the capsule, it will be sent away to be hermetically sealed. All air will be removed and replaced with inert argon gas.

The Centennial Committee, which represents the more than 450 Acadia Centennial Partners, have assembled an entire host of information and artifacts to include in the time capsule. They are also soliciting other ideas for submissions.

“If you love Acadia from anywhere on Earth, you can help conclude the yearlong celebration of the Acadia Centennial with a suggestion about what to include,” said centennial Co-chair Jack Russell. “Ideas from Acadia Centennial Partners are especially welcome.”

Throughout 2016, the centennial has been celebrated with artworks, exhibits, concerts, original compositions, books, films, speeches, products, citizen science, cruises in the bays and sound, hikes, bikes, visits by thousands of fourth graders, poems, proclamations, commemorations, lectures, a Pecha Kucha show, some high ceremonies and a baked bean supper.

“We want our colleagues in 2116 to know why and how we celebrated the Acadia Centennial in 2016, who we are, what we think, how we feel, and what we do in our times, and how we envision them and the park they will love in 2116,” said Russell.

Proposed enclosures are more likely to be chosen if proposers provide a write-up of 100 words or less on what they propose and why it should be in the capsule.

Proponents of enclosures selected by our Time Capsule Working Group will be expected to provide the item in a variety of digital formats or on 8.5-by-11-inch acid-free paper. Photographic prints should be done using the giclee process.

Items represented in digital form could include pictures, texts, videos, recordings, etc.

Among the items planned for the time capsule are the entire Acadia Centennial Website, the complete year’s-worth of the Mount Desert Islander along with video and audio of scores of centennial events.

Suggestions can be submitted to the Acadia Centennial website acadiacentennial2016.org or via email to [email protected].

“We can’t respond to every proposal – just not enough hands – but we will do our very best to let you know if your candidate is included,” Russell said.

“During the coming century, five generations of Acadia lovers will view the time capsule, read the framed orientation that will hang above it, remember our great 2016 celebration,” Russell added. “As time passes, they will look forward to opening our gift to them at the dawn of 2116.”

Earl Brechlin

Earl Brechlin

Editor at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander editor Earl Brechlin first discovered Mount Desert Island 35 years ago and never left. The author of seven guide and casual history books, he is a Registered Maine Guide and has served as president of the Maine and New England Press Associations. He and his wife live in Bar Harbor.
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