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Nanton leaves a mark for future generations with official burial of memories in a time capsule

Written by  Demi Knight
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Phil Snodgrass and Kevin Carleton of Parklawn Granite and Bronze, High River, installed the official plaque on the Nanton Time Capsule. Phil Snodgrass and Kevin Carleton of Parklawn Granite and Bronze, High River, installed the official plaque on the Nanton Time Capsule. Dana Zielke

Nanton celebrated Canada’s 150th birthday by burying a capsule of memories to be opened in 50 years.


The official burying of the capsule which took place Aug. 7, was not only a celebration of Canada’s birthday, but also of the town’s 110th anniversary.
Kimberly Williamson, previous youth drop-in co-ordinator at the Quality of Life Foundation, says she came up with the idea as a way for future residents
to see the way generations lived in the town during its 110th anniversary as well as a way to get everyone involved in the celebrations for Canada’s 150th.
“I came up with the idea through my roll as youth drop-in co-ordinator as a way of engaging local youth and their families in the Canada 150 Celebration. My intention was to share a message of hope for Nanton many years from now — all the wishes and dreams present day Nanton would like to see for future Nantonites.”
Although the capsule was buried
in August with various mementos
of Nanton in its former glory, the community was fast to get involved
and input their own photographs, letters and other sentimental items
into the container.
Residents were given opportunities to become a part of the project by taking pictures of themselves and loved ones at the photo booth during the Canada Day celebrations. After, residents were urged to upload them to social media using the hashtag #NantonCanada150. All the photos tagged that day were added to the capsule on a flash drive.
“We decided it was a nice idea to collect items for the capsule between July 1st (Canada’s 150th birthday) and Nanton Round Up Days (Nanton’s 110th Birthday.) We reached out to local sports teams, service groups, businesses and individuals for submissions, and were able to collect some pretty cool items to gift the future residents of Nanton,” says Willamson
of all those that got involved with the project.
The time capsule, which is hoped to show future generations the spirit the town holds as well as send a message of hope for Nantonites, collected an assortment of letters, newspapers,
a map of the town and a flash drive containing an assortment of photos and other miscellaneous items as a way of remembering life in the present day. 
Williamson says among the mementos left behind, a touching thing to see
was how many residents wrote letters expressing their wishes for Nanton
to remain the friendly town
it is today.
“Letter submissions from local youth and adults alike expressed their desires for Nanton to remain the same, or
to grow larger, to have more stores
and more playgrounds, but most importantly, all letter submission expressed their hopes for Nanton continuing to be a safe, welcoming, friendly town to raise a family.”
The capsule, which was buried in front of the Nanton Quality of Life foundation, was marked with a plaque describing both its burial and its reveal date for the whole town to anticipate.
Williamson adds although the initial plan was to celebrate Nanton and Canada’s anniversaries by burying
the capsule for 100 years, issues of degradation caused for town officials to readjust and set the date for 50 years into the future instead.
“I had hoped to have the time capsule buried for 100 years, expecting the contents to be quite a shock for its recipients in 2117, however the town employee who made the time capsule thought it would last 50 years before beginning to degrade and put the contents at risk. So, in the end we
went with 50 years.”

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