by Brian Zylstra | November 19th, 2014 10:38 am | No Comments
Centennial Time Capsule, located at the south end of the Capitol, will receive more items soon.
Have you ever wanted to send a message to the future? Now’s your chance.
The Capsule Keepers are asking Washingtonians to write messages to future generations that will be kept inside the state’s Centennial Time Capsule. Messages will be microfilmed and sealed in the Time Capsule until its 2389 opening, 500 years after Washington reached statehood in 1889.
As part of the Washington 125 celebration, the messages and other new content representing the state’s culture and people will be added to the Time Capsule and sealed during a special ceremony on Feb. 22.
Messages to the Future may be sent via e-mail to email@example.com and also by printing and sending this form here. The deadline to submit messages is Jan. 1.
The Capsule Keepers are gathering materials to be included in the capsule, such as messages from Washingtonians and books and other items that represent our state. The duty for filling the Time Capsule is that of the 1989 Keepers and the Keeper Board. Capsule Keepers of all ages will be invited to help seal the Time Capsule in the February ceremony. Many 2014 Capsule Keepers have written messages for the capsule that will be included.
1989 Capsule Keepers Erica Gordon (left) and Jennifer Estroff (right) stand in the foreground with Capsule Keepers organizer Knute Berger, as the 2014 Capsule Keepers stand behind them during the state’s 125th birthday celebration Nov. 11.
This won’t be the first time that messages have been put inside the Time Capsule, says Knute Berger, a Time Capsule organizer in 1989 and this year.
“In 1989, thousands of Washingtonians wrote messages, which were microfilmed and put into the Time Capsule, destined for delivery in 2389,” Berger said. “We believe this will be among the most interesting material future historians will encounter because ordinary people shared their hopes, dreams, stories and predictions. Some celebrities were involved too–author Tom Robbins and Seahawks Hall of Famer Steve Largent, for example.
“We hope to do the same for the 2014 capsule and are inviting any all and all Washingtonians to send in a message, either by mail or e-mail. We will microfilm the hard copies and also save the e-mails digitally.
“There are no limits on topics. We only ask that they be from Washingtonians (past or present) and that people keep in mind that we hope they shed light on the culture, thoughts, accomplishments and experiences of the people as they are in 2014. We encourage Washingtonians to contribute their hopes, dreams, stories and predictions. We believe these personal notes from citizens will be among the most valuable content the capsule will have,” Berger added.
The Centennial Time Capsule is a 3,000-pound green safe located at the south entrance of the Capitol. The safe contains 16 individual stainless steel time capsules that will be filled with new items every 25 years. All of the individual time capsules and their contents won’t be opened until Nov. 11, 2389, Washington’s 500th anniversary.