Monday, October 28, 2013


((The prompt last week for Julie Goucher's The Book of Me, Written By
You was what I might put in a time time capsule. I had run a geneablogger
challenge last year on time capsules, so I thought I'd just reprint my post 
from that. Only one change from my original post: the tin foil wrapped
baseball cap has been replaced by a red plastic colander. That should
equally mystify future generations!))

Back in February I read about a century old time capsule being opened
here in Abington and it gave me an idea for a Genealogists' Time Capsule
Challenge. The rules I set were these:

1 Make a list of what you would put in a time capsule and why you'd choose
each item.

2, What would you use for the time capsule? Where would you have it kept?

3. Write a blogpost with the above information. If you don't have a blog, why.
not??? Ok, if you don't send your time capsule idea to me as a comment to
this post or email it to me. If you do have a blog, make sure to send me
the link to your time capsule post.

So, here's my Time Capsule. Besides the genealogy material I included
some items of personal value:

My genealogy research and my other writings printed on acid free archival
paper. Each page would be in polypropylene archive safe page

A book (or several) of my "West in New England" blogposts published
with one of the programs that convert blogs to books. 

A copy of the book "Morte'D Arthur" by Sir Thomas Malory-(The book that
started my love of history and mythology.)

The cd album "1" by The Beatles which is a collection of all their #1 songs.
(because the Beatles shaped so much of the popular music of my time)

The cassette album "Days of Future Passed" by The Moody Blues
(my favorite rock group)

Cds of a Chieftains' album and a Clannad album (I need to decide on which one.
Included because of our family's Irish heritage)

A collection of scanned family photos packed in polypropylene archive safe
protectors. Each photo will have names and dates of the people and places
in them.

A cd containing the same photos all properly labeled, my genealogy research
and my other writings

A flash drive with the same photos all properly labeled, my genealogy research
and my other writings.(I'm paranoid. If one doesn't work, maybe the other will!)

 My windup dinosaur skeleton (because there should always be some family

A letter from me (written on my computer and printed out because at the rate
things are going, my relatives probably won't be able to read cursive) explaining
everything in my time capsule except the windup dinosaur and one other item.

 All of the above would be put in a waterproof plastic container inside a waterproof
metal box. I'd leave it with my niece and nephews with instructions that it be
opened in 2112.

Oh, and that one other item? This picture with "I must use these powers wisely"
written on the back.

My future relatives might not understand it, but the folks reading this who are
frequent visitors to the Geneabloggers Radio Chat Room will know what it means!

1 comment:

my Heritage Happens said...

That is great Bill! And yes, I think some people may be a bit confused by a couple of those things! LOL I wonder what stories they will come up with?