Singing, presentations of the history of Aroostook, and county inspired food. Around 175 people came together to celebrate the 175th anniversary of Aroostook County.
“It was just a really wonderful event from the start to the finish. It was the most packed two hours that I’ve ever seen in the library especially. So it was really wonderful to have that many people there to celebrate Aroostook County history and our roots,” says Rachel Rice, Director of Community and Media Relations at UMPI.
One of the highlights of the day was the opening of the time capsule barrel, that held items from 25 years ago.
“On the top of the barrel it says to be opened March the 16th 2014 and then again in 2039,” says one of the organizers, Nancy Roe.
Caribou native, Senator Susan Collins lead the ceremonial opening. Everyone was excited for the opening of the time capsule.
“We all kind of wondered, what sort of things did we put in there,” says Nancy Roe.
Items like newspapers, photographs, and even a video tape of the 1989 celebration were included. And just in case they weren’t around, a VCR.
“Anything that we thought would be representative of the county. For the newest one I secured a bell from the biathlon. I thought that would be appropriate to fill in,” says Roe.
And now the time capsule is waiting for the next celebration. But like the lid on the barrel says, the next time you will see these items will be in 2039.
“Because it’s going to be the bicentennial for Aroostook County, it’s going to be a lot bigger than just one event like this one was. But we’re going to be really excited to open the barrel again. We’ve got a video of the event that was done for everything that happened yesterday. It’s going to be really neat to be able to look back at that 25 years from now,” says Rice.
“We are already to get together again. Some of us in 2039, and Susan Collins says she’ll be there, so prepare or plan on that everybody,” says Roe.