Demolition work reveals time capsule at Vida Community Center

The Vida Community Center burned down in the Holiday Farm Fire last year, but it turns out not everything was lost.

Posted: Jul 30, 2021 12:16 PM
Updated: Jul 30, 2021 12:22 PM

VIDA, Ore. -- The Vida Community Center burned down in the Holiday Farm Fire last year, but it turns out not everything was lost.

The remnants of the building, which was built in the 1940s, are about to be leveled to make way for a new center someday. But before demolishing the ruins, leaders at the center wanted to see if rumors of a time capsule inside the structure were true.

After tearing down a wall with heavy equipment Friday morning, they discovered a glass bottle encased in the cement.

Inside the bottle were several historic documents related to the community center, including a short history of the McKenzie River Club, which predated the Vida Community Center. There was also a membership list from 1949 and the original charter members of the McKenzie River Active Club, started in 1941 during World War II.

Board President Walter Wilson was overjoyed with the discovery.

“This is an exciting, exciting time for me. I'm still shaking,” Wilson said. “I have cold chills just thinking about what was here and wondering what somebody from 1949 would want to put in a time capsule.”

Board Vice President Gerry Aster said she was surprised to see old records detailing some of the charter members of the organization.

“I suspect, when we lay our cornerstone for the new building, that we'll put this back as an honor to the people who came before us, and then move forward,” Aster said.

Aster said they might also add an updated membership list and some photos when they put the time capsule back in the new building.

Plans are in the works for a new community center, but so far Wilson said they have raised less than half of the $750,000 needed for a new building.

You can donate to the effort on their website.

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