On June 12th, 2016 members of Orient Lodge opened the time capsule that was secured in the northeast corner of the Norwood Masonic Building for 100 years. For those of us that attended it can only be described as awesome. To think that men in 1916 prepared a box, gathered important documents and secured it while constructing our building just for us to discover is very humbling. What were they thinking when they did it? Were they picturing what life in Norwood, (or the United Stated for that matter) would be like in 2016? What did they picture in their minds? I'm sure they didn't know we would be video taping the entire event, sharing still photo's in Instagram and twitter or that I'd being writing about it on the Orient Lodge Blog via the World Wide Web!
Now with our time capsule out, and the contents discovered the Time Capsule Committee now has to decide what to put back in. Of course, its original contents will return, along with the time capsule from 1876, but we want to leave our mark. Our goal is to represent Norwood in 2016 in the best possible light for the members who open it in 2116. Whoa, that's weird to say, that the next time these contents will be seen will be in the year 2116. Will there even be a "Norwood Masonic Building" then? Will Orient Lodge still meet there? I hope so! But one thing is for sure, this time capsule is NORWOOD's time capsule. It doesn't belong to Orient Lodge, or even Masonry in general, but to the Town of Norwood. It is part of Norwood's rich history!
Thus, the Committee would like the input of any and every Norwood resident. There's alot of things we can not include (things with batteries etc.) and things that will be too big, but we'll make every effort to choose the best suggestions and include them. Please see the form on the Time Capsule page to submit your suggestion.
And please come by the Norwood Masonic Building on Norwood Day, September 10, 2016 to view the contents of the time capsule and if you have time have a tour of our awesome building. Thanks, see you there!
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