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San Pedro Holiday Parade Returns Sunday with a Twist -

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Winter Wonderland Comes To The Waterfront -

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One-Way Streets May Come to Downtown San Pedro -

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San Pedro’s Two Newest Volleyball Skyscrapers: Allison Kittell & Tracy Folchi -

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San Pedro and POLA Prep Girls Cross-Country Preview: Running For More Glory -

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International Craft Beer Festival Comes to Crafted This Weekend -

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Construction of Mixed-Use Apartment Complex on Gaffey Could Begin Next Spring -

Thursday, September 25, 2014

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

San Pedro High Football Off To Another Strong Start -

Monday, September 22, 2014

Update: Time Capsule to be Unearthed on First Thursday

It’s been almost 25 years since two casket-sized time capsules were packed with an assortment of objects from the late 1980s by San Pedro schoolchildren as part of the town’s centennial celebration.

Filled with everything from newspapers, to a telephone, to clothing, to a parking meter, the capsules were buried in Peppertree Plaza outside of the Municipal Building on February 26, 1989, in a ceremony complete with a hearse and mourners.

But the group that organized the affair did hope to see one of the capsules again in their and the students’ lifetimes, designating one to be opened in a quarter-century, and the other to be opened in 2088 for San Pedro’s bicentennial.

As 2013 draws nearer to a close, a number of people have been wondering why the quarter-century time capsule has remained untouched. Now, Councilman Joe Buscaino’s office and the Downtown Historic Waterfront District (PBID) have come together to make sure the text on the stone marking the capsule’s spot is fulfilled, and it will be unearthed by the year’s end.

“My office, working with PBID, is planning the event for First Thursday, Dec. 5, at Peppertree Plaza at the Municipal Building on Beacon Street,” Buscaino announced in a statement via Facebook. “This will coincide with our annual Christmas Tree lighting and all the other fun things that go with it.”

It seems the delay in making plans to reopen the capsule was due to confusion over which entity should oversee it.

Although the time capsules weren’t buried in 1988, the actual 100th anniversary of San Pedro becoming a city, they contain items collected that year. Green Hills Memorial Park provided the vaults, which were sealed to protect their contents from water damage. Their burial marked the end of a year-long centennial celebration.

“I really hope they notify the students anywhere from kindergarten on up if they were in a school in San Pedro and participated. Every school put something in, so it would be great if they were invited to be there,” said Bonnie Christensen, who was vice president of the centennial committee that organized the celebration.

As they were sealing up one of the capsules, she remembered they forgot to include a telephone, and ran to a hotel across the street to get one.

“It was a fun thing to do, the whole town was involved,” she said. “I’ll never forget, June [Burlingame] Smith said, ‘Let’s put in a pair of panty hose, they won’t know what those are!’”

Special banquets, centennial merchandise and raffles raised money to pay for the year’s festivities. The leftover funds went to moving the Muller House Museum to its location above Harbor Boulevard.

Christensen still has a few centennial shirts and pieces of stationary from 1988.

“It was great fun,” she said. “Our whole town came together.”

Update Nov. 25 at 4:00 p.m.: On Monday, workers unearthed the 25-year time capsule in preparation for the opening on First Thursday, Dec. 5. See photo below:

Workers unearth the 25-year time capsule. (photo credit: Councilman Joe Buscaino via Facebook)

Workers unearth the 25-year time capsule. (photo credit: Councilman Joe Buscaino via Facebook)

Top Photo: The time capsule monuments at Peppertree Park (photo credit: Megan Barnes)

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