This week we have a brand new time capsule in the U.K. with the Star Wars movies, a 1960 capsule in Michigan that was thought to be lost for good, and a town in Oregon that included a website print-out in their latest low-tech time travel box.
Oregon Time Capsule Includes a (Deadtree) Website
A hundred years from now the people of Bandon, Oregon will (with any luck) open a time capsule that provides insight into what the world was like here in the year 2013. The capsule includes a diverse mix of photos, books, trinkets and letters to the future, all submitted by people of the community. But one item perfectly encapsulates the struggles of archivists, and other people who think about the ephemeral nature of our digital age: a website. Yes, a website. Printed on paper, of course.
The City of Coquille's website was printed off and included in the capsule with the hope that someone of the year 2113 might see it. But with all the confusion we have surrounding items from 100 years ago, there's no guarantee that anyone opening the capsule will understand it was originally a website. In fact, there's a good chance many people of 2113 won't even understand what a website was. Frankly, I'm still trying to figure out what this damn thing is. [Bandon News]