ITHACA, N.Y. — A time capsule enclosed in the cornerstone of the former Tompkins County Public Library will be opened at 10 a.m. June 22 at the Tompkins Center for History and Culture.

The time capsule was sealed on April 22, 1968 after local school kids put a mix of items and letters inside to preserve. It was unearthed last December during the demolition of the Old Library building at the corner of Court and Cayuga streets.

Construction workers pry out the cornerstone which contains the time capsule from 1968. (Photo by Dustin Patte/The Ithaca Voice)

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The ceremony to open the time capsule will mirror the dedication ceremony that took place 50 years ago. John Graves will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. His father, James Graves, led the pledge in 1968. Some of the letters contained in the time capsule will be read aloud by their now grown-up authors.

The event will feature a lineup of speakers including Rod Howe, executive director of The History Center; Annette Birdsall, director of the Tompkins County Public Library; Carol Kammen, county historian; Jason Molino, county administrator; Orinthia Montague, president of Tompkins Cortland Community College; and Luvelle Brown, superintendent of Ithaca City Schools.

Featured image: The time capsule enclosed in the Old Library cornerstone. (Dustin Patte/Ithaca Voice)

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