Originally created 05/27/98

Sacred Heart cornerstone set



Watching workers seal a time capsule -- to be opened Feb. 20, 2098 -- behind the granite cornerstone of Sacred Heart Culture Center on Tuesday evening was a special family moment for Virginia Bowe Strickland.

One hundred years ago, Mrs. Strickland's grandfather William Bowe Sr., owner of Electric Marble and Graniteville Works, was contracted to build the granite base of the then-Catholic church and to aid in the original sealing of a time capsule behind the cornerstone.

"It's a part of history, a part of local history and a part of family history for me," said Mrs. Strickland, who was attending the ceremony with her 8-year-old granddaughter, Ginny Leonard.

"Her children might be here when they take it out 100 years from now," said Mrs. Strickland.

The original time capsule was opened Feb. 20 this year, 100 years to the day since it was sealed behind the cornerstone of the former church at the corner of 13th and Greene streets.

The contents of the century-old copper box, which measured 4 inches wide, 7 inches long and 4 inches deep, included faded pages of listed names of parish members, church founders, those who contributed to the church construction and societies involved with the church at the turn of the century.

Also found in the box were coins, photos of the former church's priests and some religious medallions.

After the opening of the original capsule, the center formed a committee to decide what should be replaced in the capsule for Augustans to open on the 200th anniversary of the center.

Among the objects placed in the capsule were copies of the lists found in the original capsule, letters from Mayor Larry Sconyers and others sharing their thoughts on the center and present day Augusta, photos of the 100th anniversary gala, a copy of the May 26, 1998, edition of The Augusta Chronicle along with stories on the center's 100th anniversary from The Chronicle on Feb. 20 and 21.

"I think a time capsule like this one links one generation to another one and helps link our past to our future," said Augusta historian Ed Cashin.

Mrs. Fenstermacher said because of all of the suggestions and the limited amount of space in the shoebox size capsule, plans for a second capsule to be sealed somewhere in the church Dec. 2, 2000, are under way.

Suggestions for the new capsule are still being accepted at the center.

BYLINE1:By Kevin Bonsor

BYLINE2:Staff Writer

Watching workers seal a time capsule -- to be opened Feb. 20, 2098 -- behind the granite cornerstone of Sacred Heart Culture Center on Tuesday evening was a special family moment for Virginia Bowe Strickland.

One hundred years ago, Mrs. Strickland's grandfather William Bowe Sr., owner of Electric Marble and Graniteville Works, was contracted to build the granite base of the then-Catholic church and to aid in the original sealing of a time capsule behind the cornerstone.

"It's a part of history, a part of local history and a part of family history for me," said Mrs. Strickland, who was attending the ceremony with her 8-year-old granddaughter, Ginny Leonard.

"Her children might be here when they take it out 100 years from now," said Mrs. Strickland.

The original time capsule was opened Feb. 20 this year, 100 years to the day since it was sealed behind the cornerstone of the former church at the corner of 13th and Greene streets.

The contents of the century-old copper box, which measured 4 inches wide, 7 inches long and 4 inches deep, included faded pages of listed names of parish members, church founders, those who contributed to the church construction and societies involved with the church at the turn of the century.

Also found in the box were coins, photos of the former church's priests and some religious medallions.

After the opening of the original capsule, the center formed a committee to decide what should be replaced in the capsule for Augustans to open on the 200th anniversary of the center.

Among the objects placed in the capsule were copies of the lists found in the original capsule, letters from Mayor Larry Sconyers and others sharing their thoughts on the center and present day Augusta, photos of the 100th anniversary gala, a copy of the May 26, 1998, edition of The Augusta Chronicle along with stories on the center's 100th anniversary from The Chronicle on Feb. 20 and 21.

"I think a time capsule like this one links one generation to another one and helps link our past to our future," said Augusta historian Ed Cashin.

Mrs. Fenstermacher said because of all of the suggestions and the limited amount of space in the shoebox size capsule, plans for a second capsule to be sealed somewhere in the church Dec. 2, 2000, are under way.

Suggestions for the new capsule are still being accepted at the center.