By Bob Uphues
Riverside will wrap up celebrating the 150th birthday of Frederick Law Olmsted's General Plan of the village on Friday, Dec. 6 when the Sesquicentennial Committee presents a time capsule to the Riverside Historical Museum.
The ceremonial handoff will take place at the museum, which is located in Centennial Park in downtown Riverside, shortly after Santa's arrival to begin the Riverside Holiday Stroll at about 5:30 p.m.
And, if you'd like to contribute something to the time capsule – a note wishing future generations well or some sort of memento – you still have a little time to do so.
Cathy Maloney, the chairwoman of the Sesquicentennial Committee, said that she'll be accepting items through Nov. 30. Anyone wishing to write a message can do so at the Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, where there are slips of paper and a collection jar for the finished notes.
Organizations that would like to provide something for the time capsule or anyone seeking to contribute a memento, can contact Maloney at email@example.com and arrangements can be worked out.
The items – which so far include buttons, artwork, brochures and pamphlets -- will be placed in a stainless-steel cylinder and kept at the museum, to be opened in 50 years.
It's the second such time capsule put together by a local entity in the past month. Earlier in November, Riverside Township opened a time capsule that had been placed behind the cornerstone of the township hall back in 1894 and replaced it with a stainless-steel cylinder of its own, to be opened in 75 years.
The new time capsule was placed behind the cornerstone following a Nov. 3 ceremony marking the 125th anniversary of the building's cornerstone dedication. Unfortunately, water destroyed the tin- or lead-covered box holding the mostly paper items, many of which weren't salvageable.
The township is hoping the sturdier stainless-steel cylinder they used as a replacement won't suffer the same fate. The village of Riverside won't have the same worry – the Sesquicentennial Committee's cylinder will simply be kept inside the museum.
- Bob Uphues