Dedication planned for new time capsule, historic panel

Lost Springs will hold a monument rededication at 10 a.m. July 3 at the current historical marker of the original site of the town.

There will be a placement of a new time capsule, a dedication of a new historic plaque, and a cavalry camp display.

A time capsule from 1908 was uncovered last year that contained many items that had deteriorated over time. Glenn Shields, the owner of the land where the new capsule will be buried and the monument will be placed, said the few intact items from the 1908 capsule would be included in the new capsule.

For the Lost Springs monument rededication, organizers are taking no chance of having the time capsule contents disappear again, Shields said.

“It’s a big piece of PVC pipe,” he said. “This time we’ll leave it for 50 years and then reopen it.”

According to Shields, an historic interpretive panel will be placed next to the current Santa Fe Trail marker and will tell the story of the Santa Fe Trail in the vicinity of the Lost Springs Station. The panel includes a detailed map of the local area, showing the location of the trail.

The Fort Riley Commanding Generals Mounted Color Guard will be on hand for the dedication. The color guard, dressed in Civil War-era uniforms, will ride in formation and fire their muskets as part of a performance.

“They marched in President Obama’s inauguration party,” Shields said.

The cavalry camp display is a static exhibit intended to illustrate the living conditions of Civil War troops.

Items are still needed for the time capsule. Prospective items need to be less than 5 inches in diameter. Acceptable items include photos, essays, CDs, coins, trinkets, and other documents printed on acid-free paper.

The event will conclude at 1 p.m. For more information, contact Glenn Shields at (620)-777-7298.

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