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Tuscarora School children write letters to the future

by jmaloni
Sat, Oct 19th 2013 10:00 am
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A lesser-known part of the soon-to-be Tuscarora Heroes Monument is a time capsule, which will sit inside one of the pillars for the next 200 hundred years. Earlier this week, Historical Association of Lewiston Executive Director Pam Hauth filled the capsule with books about Lewiston; HAL calendars, stickers and placemats; local newspapers, including the Sentinel; and markers signifying the War of 1812.

A highlight of the items included in the time capsule is letters written by students at the Tuscarora School. The young learners prepared questions for their year 2213 counterparts. Each letter started with, "Dear Future," and included details about each current student's life (family details, clan, pets).

Some unique excerpts:

•Romeo Fitzgerald, "Enough about me. What does the Nation house look like? Who is the president? Is our language still spoken? Are the Six Nations still at peace? Who won the (2213) baseball World Series?"

•Sadreene - "Does your dad play fireball without shoes on? Is there still Halloween?"

•Connor Green - "Is our National Picnic still going on? Is our beadwork still alive?"

•Marticela Serpas - "I go to school on the rez. I have run at school just because, I just need some fun."

•Mackenzie-May Renee Smith - "Does my brother Jordan Smith II have great-great-great-grandchildren? Do you have a smoke dance outfit. Do you do fun things with your family?"

•Lily Ann Truesdale - "My favorite things to do on the rez is to collect shagbark hickory nuts in the fall and play outside wherever I go."

Work has been underway now for a few weeks on the Tuscarora Heroes Monument, set in the Hibbard's triangle park on Center Street. The marker, which will be unveiled Dec. 19 at "Flames Through Lewiston," is set to become the largest War of 1812 bicentennial commemorative project in the U.S. It's purpose is to pay tribute to the Tuscarora Nation, whose members saved the lives of dozens of local residents when the British invaded in 1813.

Pictured, Hauth stands with some of the items that were included in the Tuscarora Heroes Monument time capsule.

In the second photo, Neil Patterson Sr. of the Tuscarora Council (left) helps Rocco DelGrosso, site contractor, to insert the Tuscarora Heroes time capsule within the concrete pillar on Wednesday.

The capsule will be opened in 200 years on the quadricentennial of the Tuscarora Nation's brave action in 1813.

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