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The Presentation of the Guide: Return to the Vanished City

Greetings! The presentation of the guide “Return to the Vanished City,” a guide through the community contributions in the time capsule from Colentum, the opening of the exhibition, a reception, and friendly gathering are expected on Saturday, November 25th, at 5:30 PM at the Presentation Center in Betina.

Read the author’s words:


Dear residents of Murter and guests!
In the visionary project of connecting the present with the next centuries, on the island of Murter, we are embarking on an extraordinary journey through time. The actual discovery of the time capsule is scheduled for a century later, but the journey that its contents invite us to begins now.
On Saturday, November 25th, at 5:30 PM at the Presentation Center in Betina, at Trg na moru 1, the promotion of the publication “Return to the Vanished City” marks the first step of this endeavor.
Sealed in May 2023 and placed under a stone slab near the church of Our Lady of Gradina, at the site of the former Roman port of Colentum, this time capsule is a sentimental treasure trove of objects covering 24 topics symbolizing possible 24 hours spent on the island. The capsule is accompanied by an extensive guide that reveals all its secrets. The enclosed objects represent the island of Murter and our era to the people of the 22nd century, offering a window into life, customs, and occasionally hope.
The guide through the objects of the time capsule will be presented on Saturday by cultural anthropologist Jadran Kale, ethnologist Sandra Barešin, and authors Sanja Mrša Vukman and Antonija Škugor. The event is not just a presentation of the publication but a reason to celebrate a century-long project, a testimony of our time, and a message to the future. The event will include a reception where participants can contribute to this legacy by signing their names in three copies of the guide. Signed copies will be sealed and kept in the Museum of Betina Wooden Shipbuilding, to be reopened when the time capsule is opened in 2122.

Furthermore, starting from Monday, November 27th, the guide will be exhibited in the Museum, at Vladimira Nazora 7, for two weeks, providing visitors with the opportunity to explore the concept and spirit of the time capsule. By signing their names on its pages, exhibition visitors can leave their mark and become part of the hundred-year journey.
We invite you to join us on November 25th, in celebrating heritage, innovation, and the unbreakable connection between the past, present, and future. This event marks the beginning of a century-long countdown that urges us to think about the legacy we want to leave for future generations.
Looking forward to seeing you!

Sanja Mrša Vukman, author

See you on Saturday at the Presentation Center, while the guide will be exhibited in the Museum from Monday until December 9th.

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