BAR HARBOR – Its been a big year for Acadia National Park and to end its centennial, a time capsule is helping to celebrate another 100 years to come.
“We want to raise this sturdy walking stick and say that when it comes down, the Acadia Centennial is done,” said Jack Russell, the Acadia Centennial Task Force Co-chair.
This isn’t your typical time capsule. Instead of being buried, it will be displayed at the Bar Harbor Bank and Trust.
“2016 was a historical year for the park,” said David MacDonald, the president of Friends of Acadia, “We had to have something to bring it to closure. But it’s also neat because it’s forward looking. We are thinking about our colleagues who will be thinking about this a 100 years from now.”
“And it will be in this place for a century to be opened by those in 2116 who will plan the Acadia’s bicentennial.”
Acadia National Park continues to bring hundreds of thousands of people to the state. And to wrap up its centennial, Items from today will be held until its bicentennial.
“I hope future generation – our tomorrow stewards and tomorrow tomorrow stewards will understand how much this community loves Acadia and how many lengths they went through to protect, preserve and celebrate it,” said Acadia Centennial Task Force Co-chair, Cookie Horner.
Items inside include special documents, artifacts and a guide…. All in an effort to help the people of tomorrow understand what the park was 100 years ago.
“At the end of the day – we just have to say, our fingers are crossed and our hearts are opened,” said Russell, “That they will find what we send forward useful to them. As they figure out how to celebrate on their own time and pass the gift forward.”
It’s no surprise with how special Acadia National Park is to some people, that they would want to cherish all the special memories.