Time capsule capturing Edmonton’s history, culture placed in Fort Edmonton Park, which will be open in 50 years


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50 years from now, Edmontonians will be able to experience the city’s past and present through a time capsule set up Thursday at Fort Edmonton Park.

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The time capsule has been placed in the park’s main entrance plaza and will be opened in the year 2072. Inside the capsule are letters from politicians, past and future plans for the park, and even a menu from Johnson’s Cafe dating of the 1920s.

Lori Farquharson Persaud, executive director of the Fort Edmonton Foundation, said the time capsules are a unique part of the story.

« I can send messages to my loved ones, to my family members that I have not yet met and the opportunity to be part of the future and of our history moving forward, » he said. she declared.

Farquharson Persaud said she hopes that in 50 years the reaction will be that today’s Edmontonians were legendary and groundbreaking and understand the vision of the community, especially John Janzen, a former superintendent of parks and recreation in the city, whose nature center in the park bears his name.

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« It’s those parts of the story that need to be continued, developed and nurtured over the years, » she said. « These are the messages when they open the guestbooks of all the events that have taken place until today, they will actually be able to read these messages from their former loved ones and have them touch a part of their soul that ‘they wouldn’t have known.’

Fort Edmonton Park is the largest outdoor museum and recently added an Indigenous Peoples Experience edition to the park.

Darren Dalgleish, President and CEO of Fort Edmonton Management Company, said the capsule contains various documents reflecting current business priorities, challenges and insight into how the park connects to the community, noting that it will all be different 50 years from now.

« When the community comes together and discusses how we can move the values ​​of the park forward in the future, it’s a very, very good day, and I think all Edmontonians should rejoice, » he said. -he declares.



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