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Hinsdale, Illinois |

Published May 17, 2012                                         

Share your stories, photos for time capsule to be opened in '62

   When Hinsdaleans open a time capsule in 50 years, what headlines from 2012 will catch their eyes?
   Will they look anything like these headlines from 50 years ago?
   “47th Street will be widened, resurfaced this year under county-state highway plan”
   “Tax bills going up slightly this year”
   “Citizen committee formed to support second high school”
   “Elementary school growth supports referendum need”
   Other stories from the pages of The Doings in 1962 involved the AAUW planning its annual home tour, the Girl Scouts celebrating a significant anniversary and a group of Boy Scouts returning from Philmont Scout Camp in New Mexico. An editorial encouraged the village and business owners to work together to solve parking woes in downtown Hinsdale.
   Those subjects sound pretty familiar, and we wonder if they will be to Hinsdaleans 50 years from now.
   Will people be as fascinated then with today’s prices as we are with those from 1962? Back then you could pick up a pound of sirloin steak for 89 cents at National Food Store, a ticket to see the Village Players perform “The Drunkard” at The Community House for $2 or a seven-bedroom, 3 1/2-bath home in the Monroe School neighborhood for $52,000.
   Something about old headlines, old photos and old advertisements fascinates us. And one day, when the time capsule is opened, the activities in town, the prices at Kramer’s and photos of “vintage” 2012 cars most likely will interest residents of Hinsdale in 2062.

A time capsule?

  
Yes. The Hinsdalean and the Hinsdale Historical Society, as part of this year’s Making a Difference Partnership, are creating a time capsule to be opened in 50 years. You can help us share stories of life in Hinsdale today with the village’s future residents by contributing items for that time capsule.
   We have written a series of prompts to help residents start thinking about the kinds of things they might want to contribute to the time capsule. Those prompts and more information about submitting items appears on Page XX. We have set a June 16 deadline with the hope of creating a special display of time capsule items for a July 4 exhibit at Immanuel Hall.
   We already have many ideas for items to put in the time capsule. But what will make it special are the contributions you make — your photos, your stories, your hopes and dreams for the future.
   We and our partners at the historical society are so excited about this project. We hope you and your family will get excited, too, and help us create a time capsule that will make headlines in Hinsdale 50 years from now.

 

  Making a Difference is a yearlong partnership between
The Hinsdalean and the Hinsdale Historical Society, which works to collect, preserve and promote the village’s history and its architecture.

 

 

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