By Vesta Baker
CADDO – Caddo’s Sesquicentennial planners met for the last time on Thursday, August 18, to discuss final preparations for the time capsule which will be buried in the lawn of the Rock Community Building. Monday, September 19 will be the day for burying the time capsule, which is to be dug up in 2072. A commemorative stone is being designed, to be placed over the spot when the soil settles, similar to the Centennial stone that has been on the lawn of the Rock Community Building since 1972.
The planning committee has been gathering ideas and items to go in the time capsule for several months. They are grateful to Dick and Olivia Carson for donating the beautiful stainless steel capsule container, and having it engraved with the following inscription: Caddo Oklahoma Sesquicentennial 1872-2022. Tradition Makes the Future. Handing the torch to our bicentennial descendants. To be opened in 2072,
Elementary school teachers are giving each child in their class a 3 X 5 card to write a message to the future. Plans are being made for those children to be bussed to the site at 9:30 am Monday, where they will see the deep hole already dug, and witness their own cards being placed in the capsule. Dick Carson will briefly address the youngsters and a symbolic ceremony of “passing the torch” will conclude the event. Older students are welcome to attend the evening event, and are invited to write their own message to the future to put in the capsule.
The public is invited to an evening program starting at 6 p.m., which will include a 30-minute concert by the 77th Army Brass Quintet, a history of the banks of Caddo and history of Caddo newspapers. The conclusion will be the burial of the capsule in the front lawn of the Rock Building. A few shovels and strong arms will be needed, to fill the hole, concluding the official Sesquicentennial special calendar of events.
Many of the volunteers are also involved in planning the Annual Caddo Heritage Day, which will continue to celebrate Caddo’s 150-year history. The FREE family event, held on Buffalo Street, on Saturday, October 1, 2022, will start with a 5K run and 1 mile fun run/walk at 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., ending with a street dance from 8-11 p.m. Volunteers are still needed, for the many tasks it takes to produce such an event.
Interested parties can call Jennifer Wilcox, CCA President, at (580) 634-1456.