WALLINGFORD — Residents have the opportunity to view items from the Elks Lodge’s recently opened time capsule at the public library.
The historical items on display are showcased in the two glass cases near the front entrance of the library. The cases hold photos and documents reflecting the history of the Wallingford Lodge and national Elks organization, along with items from the 25th anniversary Wallingford Elks Lodge time capsule, opened this past June.
Tom Smith, Elks past exalted ruler, said the items will be on display until the end of the month. Smith stood by the two glass cases Monday and spoke about the history of the lodge in Wallingford. Although the items focus on Elks’ history, they are also a part of the town’s history, Smith said.
Photographs, membership cards, a drinking glass, pins, and event programs are several items that were placed in the time capsule 25 years ago. Elks members included items from previous time capsules in the time capsule from 25 years ago and those are on display as well.
One such memento is a commemorative spoon that has been in multiple time capsules.
“That was a memento of the 15th anniversary in 1934,” Smith said. “We decided to leave it as it was.”
Julie Rio, community services librarian, said the library provides the display cases for local community organizations and residents to showcase items that relate to the town. The items can range from the historically significant to the visually interesting.
“People are very interested in it,” Rio said. “Lots of people are stopping by just to read and to remember.”
There will be a 100th anniversary celebration dinner Friday evening at Zandri’s Stillwood Inn, 1074 S. Colony Road, including the unveiling of a time capsule item that hasn’t been seen by the public.
“There is a proclamation from the grand exalted ruler commemorating the 100th anniversary and that will be viewed at the event Friday night,” Smith said. “No one has seen it other than the chair and myself.”