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]
Capsule With Star Wars Movies Will Be Opened in 2063
The University of Leicester in England recently sealed a time capsule scheduled to be opened in the year 2063. They included an electronic keyboard, an Action Man action figure, and the Star Wars movies. Given the aggressive production schedule Disney has for churning out new Star Wars movies under the leadership of director J.J. Abrams, it will be interesting to see how many more installments there may be fifty years hence. Here's hoping Jar Jar Binks will be a curious anomaly in the Star Wars Universe by 2063. [Leicester Mercury]
Lost 1960 Time Capsule in Michigan Finally Found
A cornerstone time capsule from 1960 was finally found in Michigan when a storage building was demolished at a high school in Parma. The school district is getting a new administrative building which opens in January and the plan is to open the 53-year-old time traveler at that point. There's no word on what might be inside, but mark your calendars for early next year to find out. [MLive]
Time Capsule Essay Contest in Georgia Asks What Life Will Look Like in 2089
The town of Sugar Hill, Georgia is accepting submissions from local kids for a time capsule essay contest. Included in the planned capsule will be essays on life in Sugar Hill in 2014 and what life may look like in 2089. The time capsule is only open to students in Sugar Hill, but if you don't live in Sugar Hill and have any guesses about what life may look like in 75 years, that's what the comments section is for. [Access North Georgia]
Church Capsule From 1891 Reveals Perfectly Preserved Documents
A Presbyterian church in Bay City, Michigan cracked open that 122-year-old time capsule we heard about last week. The contents were fairly mundane, including some newspapers, a sermon, and some pamphlets from a local college. But what made the capsule unique was just how amazingly well the items inside had been preserved. MLive.com has photos of the items — and given how often time capsules suffer from the ravages of time, it's truly astounding how great those newspapers from 1891 look. You'd swear they were printed today. [MLive]
Photo: Michigan newspapers from 1891 via MLive.com