Saturday, August 25, 2012
Verdens Gang explains that the package has been kept in a museum in Gudbrandsdal and dates all the way back to August 26th, 1912. It carries a note from a man named Johan Nygard, specifying that it is not to be opened until 2012. As the first mayor in Sel kommune in Norway wrote on a package from 1912 "Can be opened in 2012'.
The package weighs 3.1 kilos, is 40 cm wide, 28 cm deep and 9 cm thick, and is safely placed in one of the Gudbrandsdal museums. The package is sealed. Previously it has been placed in both archives and vaults.
The package, which has survived both World War 1 and World War 2, has been moved around in the city Otta several times. It's just a coincidence that the package has not been lost. Several times it has actually been lost, but luckily it has always been found.
There are few clues about what the package might contain. What is known is that Nygard was involved in local politics and that he reportedly walked up to the mayor and handed him the package telling him that its contents would "benefit and delight future generations," according to a video that was posted the Verdens Gang website.
Professor of history at the University of Oslo, Gro Hagemann, defines the period of the early 1900s a as a time of great changes in Norway.
- Norway was characterized by optimism and growth. In addition, the country had a newfound freedom and self-awareness after being an independent country in 1905, she says to VG.
To help us go ahead with the same spirit, a small contribution from your side will highly be appreciated.