Saskatoon

RCAF time capsule looks back 25 years

A time capsule opened in Saskatoon Thursday gave a look back 25 years, though Mother Nature hadn’t been kind to all of the items that had been stowed there.

The capsule will be refilled and resealed, to be opened in 2041

Veterans, personnel of the Canadian Armed Forces, the Royal Canadian Legion and others had placed items inside the time Capsule at RCAF Park. (Chanss Lagaden/CBC)

A time capsule opened in Saskatoon Thursday gave a look back 25 years, though Mother Nature hadn't been kind to all of the items that had been stowed there.

The capsule was sealed on Sept. 11, 1991 adjacent to the cairn in RCAF Park on Avenue C N. Veterans, Canadian Armed Forces personnel, the Royal Canadian Legion and others had placed items inside.

Collector's plates and jewelry were among the items that emerged from the time capsule. (Chanss Lagaden/CBC)

"We had a list but it wasn't quite complete," explained Cory O'Donnell, president of RCAF in Saskatoon. "Stuff had been added to the list afterwards. So we weren't fully sure what was in there."

When the capsule was opened Thursday, collector's plates, jewelry and old cadet manuals were among the items that emerged. Unfortunately, some items had been damaged by water, including some VHS tapes of old dances held by the club.

Some items from the time capsule will have to be dried out after being damaged by water. (Chanss Lagaden/CBC)

O'Donnell said the RCAF, along with other groups in the city, will now spend time preparing the next capsule, which won't be opened until 2041.

"Over the next month or so we're going to be gathering stuff up and then resealing it, probably a little bit better this time."

O'Donnell said items will include photos of the club, members and events that have been held.

While the RCAF had a list of items inside the time capsule, they knew that list wasn't complete. (Chanss Lagaden/CBC)

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