Time Capsule; 50 Years from now Will Provide
Glimpse into Services, Foods, Cultures
of the One Year Old Hotel
|October 7, 20 - Fifty years from now, a time capsule buried on the
grounds of Westminster Hotel in Livingston, New Jersey, will provide a
glimpse into the past upon its scheduled opening in the fall of 2054. The
three-foot by one-foot cylinder was filled, sealed and placed in the ground
recently in a formal ceremony attended by hotel staff and representatives
of the many local groups that contributed to its contents.
Inspired by the luxury hotel’s first anniversary of service to the Livingston community, the time capsule sought to capture the feel of business, culture and quality of life in the region in the early 21st century. Its contents include a variety of items that achieve this goal.
From the Township of Livingston, this includes a letter from Mayor Gary Schneiderman, minutes from a Town Council meeting, a newsletter and a town calendar. The West Essex Tribune provided tear sheets of local news, while the Future Business Leaders of America group at Livingston High School provided letters, photos and other items representing youth culture. The American Association of University Women and the Livingston Symphony also made contributions.
“Assembling this glimpse into the past has been a truly enjoyable experience,” said Michael Polese, Westminster Hotel’s director of rooms. “Thanks to these groups, we have captured the essence of Livingston. The process of putting this time capsule together has shown us the extent of the town’s vitality – our youth, our residents, our businesses, our culture.” “The Westminster Hotel is a great asset to Livingston,” said Mayor Schneiderman. “The time capsule was a wonderful ‘good neighbor’ idea, and I’ d like to thank all who participated.”
The hotel’s time capsule contributions feature items representative
of the services, foods, business meetings and leisure pastimes that have
characterized its activity during the past year. This includes a letter,
mission statement, photos, information on spa services and meeting packages,
menus, brochures, a bottle of vintage 2004 wine and more.
Mayor Gary Schneiderman (right) places a letter into a time capsule buried this
fall on the grounds of Westminster Hotel in Livingston, New Jersey. Hotel staff,
including Peter O’Sullivan, chief engineer, (left) were joined by representatives of the
many groups that contributed contents for the capsule, which will be opened in 2054.
The 187-room hotel opened in stages during 2003 and features 15,000 square feet of sophisticated meeting and event space, the 120-seat Strip House restaurant and a refined mix of amenities that cater to the unique needs of today’s traveler. Recently named the “upscale segment” winner in Lodging Hospitality magazine’s Annual Design Competition, Westminster Hotel is owned and operated by Westminster Hospitality Group.
Evelyn Weiss Francisco
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