Doylestown Township wrapped up its Bicentennial Celebrations with a special event Dec. 18.
Members of the board of supervisors, along with members of the Bicentennial Committee welcomed the community to a historic event as they buried a time capsule, the culmination of the yearlong birthday celebration.
Throughout 2018, the township has been celebrating 200 years with a variety of events from a gala held back in January to a fireworks show and a concert in September.
Last Tuesday, the township held its final bicentennial event, the burial of a time capsule said to be opened in the next century at the new municipal building currently under construction at 425 Wells Road.
“Today we are commemorating this yearlong celebration with the planting of the time capsule,” supervisor Chairman Barbara N. Lyons told the crowd that gathered. “It’s been 200 years in the making and the time capsule is planted today as a seat for this new building, as a foundation for our 200 years of history and as a resting place for future staff, elected officials and residents as the generations to come anticipate the opening of the capsule in 2118.”
Thomas Marak from Time Capsules Inc. based in Prospect, Pa., sealed the capsule.
The time capsule is made of high quality stainless steel and gasket material. A stone marker will be placed over the capsule to mark the area of the capsule so that it can be found when opened in 100 years.
During the event, the time capsule was carefully lowered inside a stone wall in front of the new municipal building, which is under construction at 425 Wells Road.
The time capsule was filled with 65 items intended to represent the local community, including a map of Bucks County, the front page of the newspaper with the Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl win on the front page, Mercer tiles, items from Doylestown Health, Delaware Valley University and a video documenting the last year, as well as a video created by children from Kutz Elementary School.
Also, the U.S. Postal Service was at the event to stamp mail and holiday cards with a unique cancellation stamp. Postal staff were inside the township building from noon to 2:45 p.m. At 3 p.m., they then moved outside for the time capsule placement.
Hot beverages and cookies were served.
A food drive was held in coordination with the event. Those attending helped by bringing a non-perishable food item to be donated to a local food bank.