Manheim unveils time capsule contents

By on November 1, 2017


Manheim 250 chair Geoff Graybill, Manheim Borough council president Carol Phillips, and Veterans Memorial Plaza committee member Joel Mutschler unveil the revised plan for the memorial plaza. (Photos by Rochelle Shenk)

Football Friday is huge in Manheim. Elden Rettew Stadium is “the” place to be as people of all ages cheer on their beloved Manheim Central Barons. Manheim Central High School’s Marching Barons are part of that tradition.

The band, under the direction of John Brackbill, kicked off an Oct. 6 pre-game event in Veterans Memorial Park that unveiled some of the contents of the Manheim 250 time capsule and revised plans for Veterans Memorial Plaza.

“We get to enjoy so many freedoms in our country because of those who have served,” said Pennsylvania State Representative Mindy Fee.

Carol Phillips, borough council president and a member of Manheim 250, explained that the Oct. 6 date was chosen since it was not only a home football game, which encouraged people to attend the event, but also since it’s close to Founder’s Day (Oct. 1), the date that officially marks the borough’s founding by Henry William “Baron” Stiegel.

Among the items that will be included in the Manheim 250 time capsule is this hand-blown rose crafted by the artisans at Stiegel Glassworks 1976.

Some of the items gathered during the Manheim 250 celebration in 2012 that will be placed in the time capsule. A location for the time capsule will be incorporated into the Veterans Memorial Plaza.

The plaza honoring Manheim area veterans will be located in the park near an existing cannon. It’s also located near a secondary entrance to the stadium. The plaza will incorporate a U.S. flag in a central area, as well as individual flags for the each branch of the service — Air Force, Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Marines, and Merchant Marine. A gazebo in the center of the plaza will contain a memorial with names of veterans that’s currently located in the hall outside the borough office. A seating wall is planned along the edge of the plaza. It will also provide a place for the time capsule to be buried.

Geoff Graybill, chair of the Manheim 250 committee, said the items gathered during the 2012 250th anniversary celebration would be placed in the time capsule.

Among the items that will be included in the Manheim 250 time capsule is this hand-blown rose crafted by the artisans at Stiegel Glassworks 1976.

“When we opened the time capsule from the 200th anniversary celebration, we found that some of the items had been damaged,” he explained. “They’ve been restored and will be placed in the capsule along with the new items.”

The group honored the borough’s heritage by including memorabilia from the celebrations it hosted in 2012.

“We also wanted to leave a lasting legacy. With funding from sponsors, our legacy project provided new lighting for Market Square. We have $15,000 remaining and will donate that in support of the memorial plaza,” he said, “We need projects such as these to unite us as we honor our veterans.”

The memorial plaza will also incorporate several existing veterans monuments scattered throughout the borough and the region.

“It will be nice to have all the monuments at one location,” said Mayor Scot Funk.

Veterans Memorial Plaza committee member Joel Mutschler said estimated cost of the project is $200,000. Work on the memorial itself is anticipated to begin by Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2018. The committee has launched a campaign seeking donations for the project. Donations may be in the form of sponsorships or the purchase of personalized bricks. Bricks are available in two sizes: a four-inch by eight-inch brick for $75, and an eight-inch by eight-inch brick for $125.

For more information on the plaza or to obtain an order form for the bricks, contact committee chair Jim Williams at 717-341-2677. A website for the plaza is being developed. When it is active, order forms will be available at

Rochelle Shenk is a correspondent for the Lititz Record Express. She welcomes your comments and questions at


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