When you think of the St. Matthews community, plenty of things come to mind. It’s home to the vibrant Community Street Festival and the nearly 100 year-old Plehn’s Bakery. It’s flush with parks and playgrounds and serves as one of the premier suburbs of the Louisville Metro Area. And a cupola in the St. Matthews skyline is quickly becoming another staple of the community and the business that owns it is looking to celebrate its new home.
Independence Bank, a community bank located in 12 markets across the Commonwealth, celebrated their grand opening in the St. Matthews community this past fall. If the structure on the corner of Shelbyville Road and Chenoweth Lane feels vaguely familiar, it’s because the structure is modeled after Independence Hall in Philadelphia. But what you can’t see passing by is the special place they have preserved within the walls of the building for a time capsule.
“It is one of the many unique features of this building,” said President, Louis Straub. “When we were constructing this building, it was important for us to pay homage to the St. Matthews community that we would call home. We included a beautiful stained glass skylight that features iconic scenes of the community’s history and the works of art hanging on our walls also pay tribute to the area. But we wanted to take it a step further and truly give history a place to live within our walls.”
And so in the year 2119, the community of St. Matthews will open up a time capsule preserved by Independence Bank and while some of the items they will find, such as an item from Pete’s Hardware, which originally stood on the property where Independence Bank is now located, have already been chosen, what else they find is up to you.
Independence Bank is asking for help to finish filling the capsule from the individuals who know it best. Community members and businesses are invited to submit their ideas for items to be included in the time capsule that are representative of past and present St. Matthews.
“We are really looking for items that may not seem iconic today, but will really tell the story of what our present lives are like in the St. Matthews community,” said Straub.
Local schools have already been invited to participate and once both the school and community submissions have been received, the Bank will invite the community to vote online for their favorite items to be encapsulated during the placement ceremony on May 18, 2019. All entries received will be featured in the window displays that adorn the building’s entryway for the public to view beginning May 1st.
“Independence Bank is a third-generation family-owned financial institution that started as a small community bank, so history and tradition is important to us,” stated Straub. “And while we have grown from one small community bank to serving 12 markets in Kentucky, and from $40 million in assets to over $2.3 billion, we have been able to maintain that unique family atmosphere. We want to do the same for our community. We want to celebrate its ambiance and preserve its rich history for the next generations to come.”
To learn more about the time capsule initiative, including a list of guidelines on what to consider when choosing your item, or to enter your item for consideration, visit www.1776bank.com/timecapsule. Entries are due by April 12th and voting will take place at the end of April.