A group formed to recognize Upper Arlington's centennial and celebrate the 100-year milestone throughout 2018 is seeking ideas for items to place in a time capsule that will commemorate the event.
Details are being finalized, but plans are in the works to close and seal a centennial time capsule at the Upper Arlington State of the City Address, to be held Jan. 28 with a community fair beginning at 5 p.m. and the address beginning at 6:30 p.m.
In the meantime, members of the Centennial Task Force, a group of community members and civic leaders who have organized much of the city's centennial celebration over the past 10 months, are gathering ideas for what should be included in the time capsule.
"The task force will share the contents with the public before the capsule is sealed at the 2019 State of the City address," said Jared Nyhart, Upper Arlington's community-affairs manager. "With most of the members of the task force doing a time capsule for their high school class, they all felt this would be a fun project for the city and community to collaborate on and leave behind a small legacy that shares Upper Arlington's centennial year."
Ideas for items to include in the time capsule can be submitted at tinyurl.com/yadjpbgt.
As of Oct. 12, Nyhart said the Centennial Task Force had received about 50 suggestions, and members planned to begin narrowing down the list of items to include throughout November.
The task force is expected to share details of the suggestions via an end-of-year social media campaign, which will direct residents to a survey where they can select their top five to 10 items.
Ultimately, task force members will decide on the contents of the time capsule, based on the results of community feedback, space availability and "with the goal of including a range of items that best represent our community today," Nyhart said.
The time capsule measures 15.5 inches by 22.5 inches, and is about 8.5 inches deep.
Nyhart said it is made of metal and is specifically designed for burial and to withstand temperature and moisture variations.
"The Centennial Task Force has elected to display the time capsule in a lockable clear case that will be placed in the Municipal Services Center (3600 Tremont Road)," he said. "The task force members were concerned that if we buried it, its whereabouts might be forgotten.
"The hope is that it will remain sealed until Upper Arlington's bicentennial, but what future generations choose to do with it will be in their hands."
Nyhart said he's also working with Upper Arlington Schools to solicit ideas for items students would like to see placed in the time capsule.
"We are seeking items that best represent Upper Arlington in 2018," he said.