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Shopping center opens up piece of history

A time capsule has been in the ground at Georgetown Square Shopping Center since 1993.

Posted: Jun 22, 2018 10:22 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - A time capsule has been in the ground at Georgetown Square Shopping Center since 1993.

Val and Gene Evans started the TCBY there and said they were excited to be a part of the time capsule.

The evans put in a shirt that they were reunited with today.

"It's in good shape," Val Evans said. "It's a little wet but it's in good shape, not faded. And this was one of the sundaes. Every year they promoted a new sundae. This was the sundae for this year and then we had shirts to match the sundae."

Back in 1993 all the merchants of Georgetown Square were given the chance to put things in the time capsule.

There were things like twinkies, a watch and even a bottle of wine.

There were also notes and letters from local school kids.

David Jehl's dad started the shopping center and he said it was great to see what they put in all those years ago.

"The time capsule was awesome," Jehl said. "It was an awesome idea. It's 25 years. It'll be another 25 years we'll be taking the time capsule out again. I don't know if i'll be around, maybe you'll be around."

Some people on hand had moved in to georgetown square 50 years ago when the facility opened.

James Schindler is one of those people who has had two businesses in there now.

He said it was great to be there and be a part of opening the time capsule.

"It was really great to see the faces and when somebody asked me, do you know what's in the time capsule? I said no, I said I'm just glad it's not me," Schindler siad. "But we couldn't remember. We put a t-shirt and a menu in there. I couldn't remember. As soon as we saw it obviously I go ohh, that's our old menu and a shirt."

The new time capsule will have things put in from stores that are in Georgetown Square now.

It will go in the ground on Monday and be opened in 2043.

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