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Commissioners Help Dedicate Doylestown Historical Society 200th Anniversary Time Capsule

April 7, 2015

Moments after the Bucks County Administration Building carillon struck high noon on Tuesday, April 7, another ceremony involving time unfolded in the entry plaza of the Bucks County Justice Center.

Stu Abramson, president of the Doylestown Historical Society, joined fellow organizer Bob Cebrick and County Commissioners Robert G. Loughery, chairman, and Charles H. Martin to dedicate a time capsule containing some 600 items related to life in the year 2012. The capsule, which will be opened in 2112 – at which time Doylestown Borough will celebrate its 300th anniversary as County seat – is the final project of the Doylestown Borough 200th Anniversary Committee.

“This ceremony will officially dedicate this time capsule,” Mr. Abramson said during the brief event. “During the Doylestown Bicentennial, this was one of 30-odd events. This project continued on for about a three-year period. It sounds like a simple thing to do – get the time capsule, throw some things in, and put it in the ground. It was anything but easy.”

In addition to the commissioners, Mr. Abramson thanked County Chief Operating Officer Brian Hessenthaler and Director of Operations Jerry Anderson for their efforts in placing the capsule at its high-visibility location.

It is the hope of the Bicentennial Committee that the capsule will recreate life in Doylestown for future residents. The committee initially solicited items from 55 organizations. Enclosed in the vacuum sealed box are items such as a cell phone, other representative early 21st Century technology, and Mercer tiles from the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works.

Mr. Abramson joked that he “expects everyone (at the dedication) to be there” for the 2112 opening. The capsule also includes letters from second graders at Groveland and Buckingham Elementary schools. Those letters describe a typical day in school, circa 2014. For more information about the Doylestown Historical Society and the time capsule project, please visit www.doylestownhistorical.org.