Grand Strand Time Capsule Set to Be Opened in 35-Plus Years

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Here’s a Grand Strand fact that you might not have heard before. Lying just beneath a granite monument and brass book in Myrtle Beach’s Nance Plaza — which is located in downtown Myrtle Beach at the corner of 9th Avenue North and North Kings Highway, just inland from the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Myrtle Beach Zipline Adventures — lies a buried window into Myrtle Beach’s past.

Placed in 2004 by a collection of elementary school students from throughout Horry County, it’s a time capsule that’s set to be opened on December 18, 2054 — exactly 50 years after the day it was buried. Inside, the future Grand Stranders who open it will find a collection of items documenting the participating students’ hopes and dreams for themselves, the Grand Strand and the entire world.

The time capsule was placed as part of a project sponsored by Coastal Federal Bank to celebrate the financial institution’s then-50th anniversary in 2004. All of Horry County’s elementary and intermediate schools are represented on the capsule, and children from throughout the area were invited to add their own items to the capsule, as well as to participate in the dedication ceremony. After the time capsule was buried, a number of children at the event put their handprints in the cement surrounding the capsule.

In addition to the children, well-known participants in the ceremony included Santa and Mrs. Claus, along with popular Myrtle Beach Pelicans mascot Splash. The local superintendent of schools and the mayor at the time also participated in the ceremony, and the “Singing Eagles” provided cheery entertainment by belting out a few holiday favorites at the event.

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