BELMAR — This week, the Belmar Historical Society is preparing to move the commemorative items collected last year during Belmar’s 150-year anniversary celebration into a time capsule to be opened in a half century.
The memorabilia – letters, photos, pins, ornaments, a calendar and special edition of The Coast Star Sesquicentennial Supplement – will be carefully tucked into an above-ground time capsule to be opened on the occasion of Belmar’s bicentennial in 2072.
A time capsule appeals to the emotions because it provides a vicarious experience of the past, according to Belmar Historical Society Trustee Pat O’Keefe.
But then again, as she pointed out, that sensory experience rests on science, which is equally important to make sure all their efforts last until the borough’s bicentennial in 2072, when the capsule is to be opened by a future generation of Belmar residents.
“[There is] the other school of thought for particularly vulnerable areas like [Belmar] in 50 years. You have to think ahead, ‘Will Belmar have any major storms where there will be flooding?’” said Ms. O’Keefe. “Such things of fact [will affect] a buried time capsule.”
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