The Hannibal Bicentennial time capsule will be closed in a ceremony at 10 a.m. Oct. 26 in Central Park, which is the last day of the Farmers’ Market.
The time capsule will be opened 50 years from now, in 2069.
Items in the time capsule include yearbooks, rosters from service clubs and lists of employees, drones photographs of Hannibal, souvenirs from Hannibal’s Bicentennial celebration, photographs from the sandbagging efforts and letters.
Seventh-graders wrote letters to the citizens of Hannibal in 2069 and teachers chose the best letter from each homeroom or school. The winners will read their letters at the ceremony.
The class winners from Hannibal Middle School were: Mia Watson, Piper Harvey, Breanna Smith and Zora Reese. The winner from Holy Family School was Prestan Schanbacher. The winner from St. John’s School was Alana Lemon.
The time capsule was donated by Smith Funeral Home.
Hannibal is celebrating its 200th birthday. During Hannibal’s Sesquicentennial in 1969, residents buried a time capsule and it was opened in May.