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Getting spruced up for the party

Monday, June 5, 2006

Richard Boothby stands by the Time Capsule plaque at the Sanford Museum.
(Photo by Dan Whitney)
Local resident Richard Boothby was standing outside of the Sanford Museum recently , when he looked at the time capsule plaque on the rock outside of the museum entrance door. The brass plaque, noting the presence of the time capsule, had been there since the capsule was placed there at the time of the Cherokee Centennial in 1956.

Due to the natural process of oxidation, the plaque was turning green and starting to show its age. Boothby volunteered to spruce up the plaque so that it would look like new for the upcoming Sesquicentennial. The Museum Association readily agreed to this voluntary service, and also decided they would purchase a sundial to replace the one which had previously been at the same location. It is estimated that the old sundial was removed approximately twenty years ago.

Boothby recently spent four hours touching up the plaque, spraying it with lacquer. While at the museum that day, taking pictures of this restoration, Boothby happened to have the new sun dial in his car. It will soon be permanently attached, but for the purposes of a picture, Boothby and Museum Director, Linda Burkhart, placed the sun dial in the approximate position it will occupy for a quick photo.

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