Commission to open Sesquicentennial Headquarters

The headquarters will be open on select dates in March and April so the community can look at items unearthed from a 1969 time capsule. PHOTO BY DAVE ONGIE

The Sesquicentennial Commission will open the old JCPenney’s building for select dates in March and April to allow for public viewing of the 1969 time capsule contents, historical photos, a model train, and other memorabilia. The building, located at 309 E. Main St., will be open 1-4 p.m. on March 15, 16 and April 6, 27.

The centennial time capsule contents were first unveiled as part of the City’s kickoff of the Sesquicentennial Celebration on Jan. 5. Several hundred people attended that event to view the more than 50 items including religious materials, municipal records and materials, industrial reports, medical records, educational reports and items, commercial items, and cultural and current life items. The Johnson City Kiwanis Club was instrumental in organizing the collection of items for the time capsule, which was buried on the grounds of Science Hill High School.

Visitors to the Sesquicentennial Headquarters will have the opportunity to offer suggestions for what should be placed in this year’s time capsule, which will be buried on the anniversary of the City’s founding, Dec. 1. Sesquicentennial merchandise will also be available for purchase.

For more information about the yearlong sesquicentennial celebration, visit or follow @jctn150 (Johnson City 150 – Sesquicentennial Celebration) on Facebook.


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