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On Thursday, June 19, a new time capsule commemorating the 50th celebration of Sam Steele Days was sealed and dedicated to the citizens of Cranbrook in 2039, when it will be opened. The Sam Steele Society proudly showed off the crowning achievement of the 2014 Sam Steele Days festival. Pictured, left to right: board members Mike Adams, Christy Wheeldon, Nancy Van Oosten, Corinne Friesen, Mike Matejka, Laura Kennedy, Marla Smith, Melanie McFarlane, and Lynn O’Neill. - Sally MacDonald photo
On Thursday, June 19, a new time capsule commemorating the 50th celebration of Sam Steele Days was sealed and dedicated to the citizens of Cranbrook in 2039, when it will be opened. The Sam Steele Society proudly showed off the crowning achievement of the 2014 Sam Steele Days festival. Pictured, left to right: board members Mike Adams, Christy Wheeldon, Nancy Van Oosten, Corinne Friesen, Mike Matejka, Laura Kennedy, Marla Smith, Melanie McFarlane, and Lynn O’Neill.
— image credit: Sally MacDonald photo

Cranbrook citizens gathered on Thursday, June 19 to seal up a special time capsule to be opened in 2039.

The large time capsule sits upon a rock slab behind the Cranbrook and District Chamber of Commerce headquarters on the strip, the crowning achievement of the 50th celebration of Sam Steele Days.

More than a hundred people took part in the dedication ceremony and unveiling of the shiny time capsule, which features the logo of the Sam Steele Society in 2014.

The time capsule contains notes, recordings, keepsakes and mementoes of life in Cranbrook in 2014 from 103 contributors: 23 businesses, 24 citizens, 10 schools, 38 clubs and organizations, and eight government and governing committees.

There are such items inside as a signed paddle from the Abreast in the Rockies dragonboat team, a vest with every button from the 50 previous Sam Steele Days festivals, a digital interview with Bud Abbott about the original Sam Steele Society, a book written and personally signed by Sir Sam Steele's grandson, a 3D printed moustache, and bottle of Crown Royal.

The modern-looking time capsule was design and created by Fab-Rite Services. The rock slab it sits upon came from Roderick's Skid-Steer Service. Signal Collision provided the custom paint job, with special paint from Lordco Auto Parts. Wolfpack Signs and Printing made the custom 3D sign. Interior Sports and Trophies made the dedication plaque. EFM Towing moved the heavy rock slab into place. Sandy Zeznik donated her time to accept submissions and help coordinate the project, which was overseen by Sam Steele Days organizer Maureen Frank.

For a calendar of events for Sam Steele Days, June 19-22, visit www.samsteeledays.org.

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