When Jackson County seals up an 80-year time capsule this spring, it will be well adorned.
On Tuesday, officials unveiled a mural on the time capsule. It was done by students in the MyArts program, which is housed in the old car dealership on North Main Street in Independence that the students have transformed into an art gallery, which is open to the public.
“I really can’t think of a better synergy than youth and art and the creativity that comes out of this building,” said County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker, whose office runs the program.
The mural depicts President Harry Truman; the county’s namesake, Andrew Jackson; the county seal; the county’s recently restored Truman Courthouse; the Community of Christ Temple – and a clock. The clock has eight markings, with Roman numerals for each of the eight decades that will pass before the time capsule is opened.
The artists are Caitlin Echols and Allie Culver, seniors at Fort Osage High School; Katelyn Cogan, a senior at William Chrisman High School; Robin Prantl, a senior at Truman High School; and Kamala Bayliff, a sophomore at Truman.
“We all did our version of it. From that, they (included) what they liked,” Kamala said.
The artists worked at it about nine hours a week for several weeks.
“I’m impressed at how it all came together,” Caitlin said. “Group projects are hard.”
The idea of 80 years is not random. Last Sept. 7 the county rededicated the Truman Courthouse – at 2 p.m. on a hot afternoon – 80 years to the hour from when County Presiding Judge Harry Truman, Gov. Stark and other officials rededicated the building in 1933. The most recent renovation put the building back to its 1933 look, and county, city and other offices have been moved in there.
The time capsule is a safe that used to be in the courthouse basement. It is to be sealed May 10 – the week of Truman’s birthday – and entrusted to the Jackson County Historical Society for safekeeping for eight decades.
Officials are still working on what exactly to put in the time capsule. Mayor Don Reimal, whose state-of-the-city speech last week covered the history of the city since the 1940s, said he’s including a copy of that. People are being asked to submit answers to, “What did 2013 mean to you?” There’s a poetry contest for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts.
“We have a lot of idea, including predictions for the future,” County Executive Mike Sanders said.