Public Invited to 1973 Time Capsule Opening Ceremony

Take a trip back in time as the Mooresville Public Library opens the Town’s 1973 Time Capsule on Saturday, June 3, 2023. The ceremony is another way residents can celebrate the Town’s 150th birthday this year.

1973 looked very different than 2023 does. Gas was 73 cents, a gallon of milk cost $1.31, the average cost of a home was only $32,500, and buying a new car set a person back $3,200. Lake Norman was a “recreation mecca,” as quoted in the May 1973 edition of the Mooresville Tribune, with thousands of homes lining the shores in four counties and people enjoying fishing and boating on the lake.

When the Town was incorporated in 1873, it was home to just 25 people, including the four founders of the Town. By 1970, 8,808 people called Mooresville home. Today, nearly 52,000 people live in the town, according to U.S. Census data.

The Local History and Archives department at Mooresville Public Library invites the public to attend the ceremonial opening of the 1973 Time Capsule on June 3, 2023 at 10 a.m. on the front lawn of the Mooresville Public Library (304 S. Main Street). After the ceremony, items from the time capsule will be on display in an exhibit in the Williams Wing at the Library.

Time Capsule burial 1Time Capsule burial 2Time Capsule collection table*Images are from the film by Lynn Barnette taken during the Centennial festivities in 1973.