WCAV-WVAW-WAHU | Charlottesville, Virginia | News, Weather & Sports

Charlottesville Prepares for Time Capsule Burial

December 5, 2012

In just more than two weeks, the Charlottesville community will bury its 250th anniversary time capsule to be opened in 2062.

After opening a time capsule earlier this year, the city's leaders have learned a few things about what to do and what not to do.

"We were able to get a glimpse of what life was like 50 years ago," city councilor Dede Smith said of the time capsule's unearthing in May.

When it was pulled out of the ground near the Charlottesville Circuit Court building, the steel box featured a film reel, newspapers, programs, brochures and commemorative memorabilia from 1962.

"The one thing we learned is that you can't assume something is always going to be water tight," said Steven Meeks, co-chair of the Celebrate! 250 events.

The box did not stand up to moisture, and many items were damaged or destroyed.

But now, it's time to look forward.

"You can imagine what Charlottesville might look like 50 years from now," Smith said. "It'll be very different."

The city is gathering items to put in its next time capsule. Instead of going underground, the box will be within the walls of the Albemarle-Charlottesville Historical Society building at the corner of Second and Jefferson streets to ensure longevity.

"Hopefully, we will be giving them enough information and enough documentation that they will be able to get a good glimpse of what life was like today in 2012," Meeks said.

Letters from Mayor Satyendra Huja and UVa. President Teresa Sullivan, yearbooks from city schools, government documents and souvenirs from the Celebrate! 250 campaign will all be included in the 250th anniversary box. These items and more will offer Charlottesville residents of the future a unique perspective.

"I just think it'll be, historically, a really interesting glimpse into the past which is today, the present," Smith said.

The time capsule will be buried on Dec. 23, exactly 250 years to the day of the legislation that passed allowing Charlottesville to become a city.


The comments sections of Newsplex.com are designed for thoughtful, intelligent conversation and debate. We want to hear from our viewers, but we only ask that you use your best judgment. E-mail is required, but will not be displayed with comment.

  • Comments cannot be profane or vulgar. We will not post comments that use profanity or cross the lines of good taste.
  • We will not post comments that use hate speech. Slurs, stereotypes and violent talk aren’t welcome on our website.
  • Comments should not attack other readers or people featured in our stories personally. Any accusations should be backed up with facts.
  • Any comment we post will be posted in its entirety. We do not edit any comment that we post.
     
  • Comments should contribute to the discussion. We will not post comments that don't advance the discussion. Flaming and/or trolling will not be tolerated.
     
  • Comments should not attack other posters. Let's keep the focus on the content of the story.

    As a host Newsplex.com welcomes a wide spectrum of opinions. However this is a site that we host. We have a responsibility to all our readers to try to keep our comment section fair and decent. For that reason The Newsplex reserves the right to not post or to remove any comment.

    If you have any ideas to improve the conversation or this section let us know. Send an e-mail to webmaster@newsplex.com.

 

powered by Disqus
The Charlottesville Newsplex 999 2nd Street S.E. Charlottesville, VA 22902 434.242.1919 – Main 434.220.7522 - Newsroom
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 182260491