Time Capsule for US Tricentennial Has Parthenon-like Marble

August 23, 2016

BLUEFIELD, WV – In 1976, as America celebrated its bicentennial year, a group of civic-minded Americans, members of the Bluefield (WV) Civitan Club, decided to create a time capsule to be buried and opened by Americans celebrating the tricentennial, in 2076, wrote the Bluefield Daily Telegraph. The problem is, they unearthed it (though they have not opened it), sixty years earlier.

AHEPA Executive Director Basil Mossaidis, the Telegraph wrote, explained that a Bluefield Chapter of AHEPA was chartered in 1927, and many of the members over the decades were Greek immigrants.

In 1976, Ahepan Paul Chryssikos, now deceased, who was also a member of the Civitan Club, petitioned the Greek government to allow marble to be used for the capsule from the same quarry where marble was used to build the Parthenon, Mossaidis said, the Telegraph wrote.

Because the Civitan Club no longer exists, the Bluefield Chamber of Commerce unearthed it, because it sits on its property but otherwise has no connection to it.

The time capsule should not be opened now, said Chryssikos’ daughter Virginia said, the Telegraph wrote, but to honor the memory of her father and those who created the capsule, it should be open as intended, on July 4, 2076.

Civitans are organization dedicated to community service, all of which stem from Civitan International. The Chamber attempted to contact them, as the Bluefield branch no longer exists, but they have not been receptive about taking responsibility, the Chamber said, according to the Telegraph.

Mossaidis pointed out the “intrinsic value” of the marble used, and how people are no longer allowed to quarry there, the Telegraph wrote. As it turns out, the capsule will be preserved at a public library, which pleases Mossaidis. “I just wanted to make sure the stone was preserved,” he said, the Telegraph wrote, although if it ever needed a good home again, AHEPA would be happy to take it, he added.





ATHENS - A regulation in an omnibus bill will allow repatriated Greeks from Albania and the former Soviet Union to receive full national pensions, Labor and Social Protection Minister Kostis Hatzidakis said during a discussion in Greek Parliament on Tuesday.

Top Stories

General News

FALMOUTH, MA – The police in Falmouth have identified the victim in an accident involving a car plunging into the ocean on February 20, NBC10 Boston reported.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

General News

PHILADELPHIA – The Federation of Hellenic Societies of Philadelphia and Greater Delaware Valley announced that the Evzones, the Presidential Guard of Greece will be participating in the Philadelphia Greek Independence Day Parade on March 20.


Brothers, Basketball Focus of Antetokounmpo Family’s “Rise”

Giannis Antetokounmpo didn't watch this year's NBA Finals.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. abc@xyz.com

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.