Washington State Centennial Time Capsule

preserving moments
7:01 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

'Keepers' Make Sure Time Capsule Doesn't Get Lost In Time

Volunteer "keepers" stand near the opened doors of a safe containing time capsules at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. The safe contains 16 mini-time capsules which are filled with new items every 25 years, starting in 1989.
Rachel La Corte Associated Press

Time capsules run a high risk of being forgotten once they're buried. In 1989, the organizers of the Washington State Centennial Time Capsule took measures to guard against such loss.

The Time Capsule has some unusual features. For one, the big green safe is not buried; it's on display on the ground floor of the state Capitol. That makes it possible to update the capsule at regular intervals—in this case, every 25 years.

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