Sumner County will reveal Centennial Time Capsule from 1971 at the courthouse on Sunday

Greg Williams
Wellington Daily News
Wellington centennial time capsule from 1971

The climactic conclusion of the Sumner County Sesquicentennial summer celebration will reveal the contents removed from the Centennial Time Capsule that has been buried for 50 years in the front lawn of the Sumner County Courthouse.

The event begins at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 11, at the Sumner County Courthouse, 501 N. Washington Ave. and will also honor the three currently serving County Commissioners and eleven surrounding community mayors.

“A number of us remember submitting letters and memorabilia as young children,” said Debra Norris, a member of the 150th Celebration Committee. “There’s so much interest in this event that we will be streaming it live on the Internet for those that can’t make the trip to Wellington.”

Members of the Sumner County Roads and Bridges Department have handcrafted a beautiful stage that will be adorned with patriotic vintage bunting. Bleacher seating will be provided in front of the stage or attendees may bring their own blankets or lawn chairs.

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Kansas TV personalities Larry Hatteberg and Annette Lawless will provide dignitary introductions and Time Capsule item commentary.

“After the event, Time Capsule items will be displayed in the Chisholm Trail Museum for everyone to view,” said Valerie Earl, executive director, Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce. “Items designated for a specific family or individual will be distributed following the exhibit.”