May 28, 2020
Historians note that time capsules are invaluable resources in knowing what a period in history was like because the capsules are assembled by people who experienced the times. They suggest labeling items, describing the significance of each item, and doing an inventory. When sealed up, the capsule should be marked with the date of opening – and stored indoors, entrusted to someone like a town official who is likely to be sure it is preserved and opened at the designated time.
What objects or lists of documents would convey the experiences of COVID-19? Here a link to a workbook/activities that is designed for children, but it may give you some ideas on what to share about yourself.
- Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute includes information about assembling time capsules and what to include or excludes (be aware what will become poisonous over time)
- International Time Capsule Society (ITCS) includes information about registering your time capsule (the organization is based out of Oglethorpe University in Georgia, and has a Facebook page)
- Story of a 105-year-old woman who survived the 1918 Spanish Flu
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