Bring them back to the future

Iola High School students buried a time capsule in downtown Iola. The event follows a Community Conversation in Iola, where students discussed ideas for the future of Allen County. It will be opened in 40 years.



April 4, 2024 - 2:47 PM

Thrive interns Chris Holloway, Brigham Folk, and Shelby Peters explain the purpose of the time capsule to students and community members at Thursday morning’s burial in the pocket park next to Thrive’s office in downtown Iola. Photo by Sarah Haney / Iola Register

A string of student-led conversations in Allen County culminated Thursday morning in the burial of a time capsule in downtown Iola. 

“Our whole mission has been to find out what would bring the youth back to Allen County,” said Thrive Allen County intern Shelby Peters. “We’re using the time capsule as a way for them to have something to come back to.”

Peters, along with interns Chris Holloway and Brigham Folk, used the student-led conversations to understand what students hope to see for the future of their hometown. 

On Jan. 23, the interns held Thrive’s largest Community Conversation at Iola High School. Students provided the interns with more than 100 ideas for the future of Allen County, all falling into four categories: Education, Health, Community, and Economy. 

“We are very excited about the items in the time capsule,” said Folk. The interns have carefully placed a variety of future artifacts in the capsule, including newspaper articles from April 4, 2024; a yearbook from the past year; a trails guide; student signatures; and various photos. “It will be opened on April 4, 2064,” Folk added.

When asked if the interns themselves plan on returning 40 years from now to help dig up the capsule, Peters smiled and said, “Absolutely.”

Shelby Peters removes dirt from the hole in preparation as Chris Holloway seals the time capsule. Photo by Sarah Haney / Iola Register
A shovel rests against a tree ahead of the burial of Iola’s first time capsule Thursday morning. Next to it is the plaque detailing the interns’ four main topics they covered at the Iola High School Community Conversation. These include Education, Health, Community, and Economy. Photo by Sarah Haney / Iola Register
Iola students took turns shoveling dirt on the time capsule, in rapid succession, Thursday morning. Photo by Sarah Haney / Iola Register
Iola’s first time capsule sits just before dirt is placed on it Thursday morning. The capsule will not be dug up until April 4, 2064. Photo by Sarah Haney / Iola Register
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