A time capsule buried in 1968 containing items that reflected Pacific history will be opened and its contents revealed to the public Thursday, Nov. 15.

The opening will take place at approximately 6 p.m. at the Tri-County Senior, 700 W. Union.

The Pacific History and Genealogical Society will host the event. There is no cost to attend.

The capsule was buried near the Veterans Memorial at Second and Union streets in 1968 as part of Pacific’s participation in the Franklin County 150-Year Sesquicentennial celebration.

The city of Pacific and its citizens conducted a nine-day celebration, that started with opening a sesquicentennial headquarters at 526 Osage each morning and closing with a fireworks display at 10 p.m. each evening.

A 12-member committee of city leaders oversaw the list of events to mark the importance of the salute to the past.

For a full week, citizens toured special sites, treated visiting dignitaries to lunch, elected a sesquicentennial queen and princesses.

The committee also set up a sesquicentennial hospitality center at Pacific City Hall and held a sesquicentennial coronation at the American Legion.

U.S. Air Force Gen. Kenneth Pletcher came home to address the celebrants.

There were ladies promenades, home products demonstrations, music performances, recognition of county pioneers, talent shows, antique auctions and barbecues.

Additionally, the committee staged a 90-minute play, “Show Me Franklin,” nightly Monday through Friday that boasted a cast of more than 380 players.

Some of the names on the printed cast are familiar today. Harry Palmer was the town marshal. Bud Brundick was a member of the W.P.A. Sarah Faszold was one of 11 Indian princesses. Blanche Wells was a square dancer. Doris and Walter Arnette were among 45 pioneers.

At 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, 1968, Mayor Arnold Viehland buried the time capsule at the American Legion Memorial.

Capsule Opening

Mayor Steve Myers will emcee the opening of the unearthed container at the opening of the Nov. 15 history and genealogical meeting.

Following a viewing of the contents the society will present the history of World War I in Pacific.

Nine speakers will recall the experiences of the Pacific soldiers and sailors who participated in the war.

The public is invited to attend.