Stanley Center places time capsule at new headquarters
by Margaret Hurlbert
January 09, 2023

MUSCATINE, Iowa–Almost seven months after opening the time capsule created by staff of the Musser Public Library for the dedication of their 1901 library building, the Stanley Center for Peace and Security, which has converted the building into their new headquarters, replaced the time capsule with some new additions of their own. The placing of the time capsule gives a nod to the building’s past as the Stanley Center prepares to move in.

Mark Seaman, vice president and director of communications for the Stanley Center for Peace and Security, shared that it felt only natural for the Stanley Center to update the time capsule. “It’s been there for over 100 years and we wanted to keep that tradition going,” he said. Members of the Stanley Center, with assistance from Robert Fiedler, director of the Musser Public Library, carefully went through the time capsule to select which historic artifacts to keep in it. The Stanley Center also chose to add several items relating to their work on stopping climate change, preventing the use of nuclear weapons, and stopping mass violence and atrocities, especially their recent efforts to promote racial equality across all of their policy areas. Because of the building’s strong ties to the library, Fiedler included a letter, information about the library’s current staff, as well as some items showing how library policy has evolved over the years.

A continuation of a rich tradition, Seaman felt pleased to add some new parts of Muscatine’s history to the story told by the capsule. “We hope it’s representative of the library, the Stanley Center, and the Community,” Seaman observed.

The Stanley Center placed the time capsule Monday, Jan. 9, behind three datestones, one for 1901 for the original Musser Public Library, one for 1971 for the second Musser Public Library building, and one for 2021 when the Stanley Center started work on their new headquarters.

Musser Public Library Director Robert Fiedler and Stanley Center for Peace and Security President Keith Porter with the time capsule for the Stanley Center for Peace and Security. Photo by Margaret Hurlbert.

This symbolic act marked the start of the Stanley Center’s time in their new location. So long as permitting remained on schedule, the Stanley Center’s staff planned to start moving into the building Jan. 17.

Once all of the final touches went onto the building, such as adding solar panels to the roof, the Stanley Center would begin collecting sustainability data for the Living Building Challenge, which they can submit, along with information about their construction practices, for certification in a year. The Living Building Challenge provides some of the most rigorous sustainability requirements available for new and renovated construction.

As the Stanley Center moves into their fully reimagined space, Fiedler felt impressed by the changes made to the old library. “I’m delighted that this building gets a second life,” he shared. “I think it really speaks to Stanley that they took on this building and the Living Building Challenge and that they thought not just about the building and the community history but what came before. “

Seaman welcomed the opportunity for the Stanley Center to finally move into their permanent home and to start a new phase in their history. “This is a new beginning,” he reflected, “a new beginning for the Stanley Center and a new beginning for the community.”

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