Mayor Francis Slay will join St. Louis county executive Charlie Dooley and board members of the 1904 World’s Fair Foundation at noon on Sunday, July 8, to send three messages to the future.
The messages - actually, time capsules containing memorabilia from the 1904 World’s Fair and from the Fair’s centennial celebration in 2004 - will be placed in a 1,200 pound red granite monument in the southeast corner of the World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park. Instructions on the monument will tell historians and archivists when to open the three capsules. A copy of a proclamation by Mayor Slay will be etched in steel on the monument’s top.
MayorSlay.com does not know what’s in the capsules, but we would have included the following: the bench from the Wanamaker organ, an ice cream cone, a bottle of Dr. Pepper (original formula), George Kessler’s drafting pencil, Frank Hamsher’s cell phone number, and John Philip Sousa’s mustache. What about you?