Historical society keeps North Syracuse memories alive

Capturing a moment in time

It's been 10 years since the Plank Road Historical Society sealed its Millennium Capsule. In honor of the captured moment in time, Vera Desimone, past president of the historical society, invited her family and friends to bring the capsule out for a photo and some memories.

Desimone, who initiated the Millennium Capsule project more than 10 years ago, has successfully brought the capsule down from its shelf every five years to remember the history that it holds.

The capsule, donated by Hemstreet Tool and Die Inc, of North Syracuse, was sealed Jan. 2, 2000 and placed inside the Northern Onondaga Public Library at North Syracuse.

Rather than bury the time capsule, as most are, Desimone said she wanted the capsule to be visible at all times so that people will be reminded of the village's history.

In 1999, the capsule toured many community events so that people could contribute to the project.

The capsule contains photographs of each Main Street business, newspaper clippings, postcards, and letters and messages submitted by community members.

"It's about preserving the history for generations to come," Desimone said. "That's what it's really there for; it's there for the children."

Hoping that her family will continue the tradition and stay in tune with their community's history, Desimone had her two grand children Joshua, 16 and Jenaye, 12, photographed when the capsule was sealed, five years later and now, 10 years since.

This year's Millennium Capsule reunion included a new youngster to the photograph, Shannon Henry, the daughter of Robert Henry, also a past historical society president.

All three children are residents of the village of North Syracuse.

The capsule's seal will be broken Jan. 2, 2050, so that younger generations will learn about the place they call home.

Desimone said she invites all NOPL at North Syracuse visitors to take a look at the highest shelf in the children's section to see the capsule that will be reopened one day.

TEN YEARS LATER: Alongside the Millennium Capsule, from left, Shannon Henry, 3, Joshua Desimone, 16, and Jenaye Desimone, 12. PHOTO BY FARAH JADRAN PIKE

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