You can use a coffee can or a zip lock bag, it just needs to be something durable and water proof. In the time capsule I put the local newspaper of the day, information about us and pictures, information about the house, information about the flowers in the yard, who our present neighbors are, some coins, and whatever you think the new owners might enjoy reading. What great fun for the whole family in selecting these items and for the future homeowners to find, maybe 100 years from now?
Because this is the turn of the Millennium, there are many things going on that in 100 years will be interesting, amusing and fun for our family members to come.
Ideas of things to include:
It is still fairly easy to find things back to the turn of the century. Talk to the elder members of your families to find out what was important when they were children and what they remember of their parents and grandparents.
Every era has it's important times and historical events but this time capsule is for YOUR family, so how those events affected your family personally. For example, WWI, WWII, The Great Depression, The Dust Bowl, Korean Conflict, Viet Nam, immigration to this country.
If you really don't know anything about your family history or were adopted, use your best judgment as to what you would want the family members to come to know about your family however it is structured. One of the trends of our times are families with step siblings, half siblings and foster or adopted siblings. Whatever is unique about your family will be interesting to those that will come.
Collect this information throughout the year and put it in a keepsake box or fireproof box. Make sure it is small enough that it can easily be passed on and strong enough that it can last 100 years. Put instructions on it what date it should be opened on and the family names attached to it. (All families include lots of names, maternal, paternal and adoptive, none of us know which names will be important in years to come.)
On next New Year's Eve have a little ceremony sealing the box.
Have fun with it and let us know any ideas you have for making your Time Capsule. We'd be interested in any items to include, what kind of box or container to use. We'll include a compilation of these ideas in future issues.
By Susan Sanders-Kinzel
How can I make a time capsule that will withstand underground elements for about 15 years?
By Barbara from Mashpee, MA
I think a metal tool box inside a large plastic leaf bag should do it. We're always hearing about how long it takes plastic to break down.
What would be a good thing to put in a time capsule for a little girl's first birthday?
By Jean from Banning, CA
If you have access to a video camera make a video of her and her family and relatives. It's nicer to see a video of family and relatives so she can see people she may resemble.
Pictures of her parents at her birth, and a picture of her every year she grows.