An old-fashioned community picnic, unearthing the citys Jubilee time capsule and burying a new one are the citys 100th birthday celebration highlights

The city of Molalla will celebrate its 100th anniversary as an incorporated city on Aug. 24.August 23, 1913 is unofficially the day Molalla became an incorporated city in the state of Oregon.

In celebration, the time capsule sealed and buried 25 years ago for the city’s jubilee celebration was opened last week.

Blanche Kober, president of the Molalla Area Historical Society took a pair of white cotton gloves to open the capsule with Mayor Rogge, members of the Centennial Committee and city officials.

“Turns out, there wasn’t any real need for the gloves,” Kober said Friday.

Items in the old capsule included old photographs and a 1989 Molalla Pioneer that covered the Jubilee celebration with a two-page photo spread.

In late August, the capsule, with new items placed in it, will be buried for the future inhabitants of Molalla to open in the year 2113.

The folks of Molalla still have an opportunity to contribute to this project by submitting items to be put into the new capsule. But time is running out.

Mayor Debbie Rogge said Friday that any items submitted for the time capsule should be either photographs or documents, no bulky items.

She wants anyone with an item to add, to call her or City Manager Dan Huff before August 24.

Some of the things to go into the capsule include the city’s centennial coin and centennial t-shirt, things that actually mark the 100 years.

“We will put some things from the Jubilee capsule back in and then add the new stuff,” Rogge said. “The capsule is small, about 1.5-feet by 3-feet.

The big Molalla Centennial Celebration -- an old-fashioned picnic -- will start at noon Saturday, Aug. 24 at Fox Park, with a short program to be held at 2 p.m.

The community is invited to join in on the fun at the old-fashioned picnic and check out the items taken from the old Jubilee capsule buried 25 years ago. The items going into the new time capsule will also be on display at the event, and then the capsule will be buried the following week.

A potluck picnic, games and vendors’ booths will supply part of the fun. The mayor said there will also be a 100th birthday cake or cupcakes.

For more information, call 503-829-8030, or go to the Molalla Centennial Facebook page.

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