The million-dollar mystery of just what might be inside a time capsule found in the walls of White Rock’s former First United Church building was answered Sunday.
And while it wasn’t $1 million, it was historic nonetheless.
The brass cylinder, opened at an evening event held on the grounds of White Rock City Hall, contained a list naming all those who were involved in First United at the time it was built, said Jean Kromm, a member of the church redevelopment committee.
Prayers and “other quick sentiments” including a history of the church were also found inside.
“The church goes back, I think in White Rock, to 1910, and the minister had a horse,” Kromm said.
Sunday’s event was planned ahead of the capsule’s discovery, to provide an opportunity for people to express their feelings about the 15385 Semiahmoo Ave. building, ask questions and say their goodbyes – ahead of its pending demolition.
A residential care facility that incorporates a ground-level Peninsula United Church is slated to be built on the site.
Kromm said the actual start of the demolition process – expected to take only one or two days to complete – had not been determined as of Monday.
She said around 65 or 70 people turned out for Sunday’s event, and attendees “had a really fun time going down memory lane.”