Filling the Time Capsule

These are Jackie Utley’s instructions to fill the Utley Family Time Capsule – 1999-2049. Items must be acid-free and archival quality. No newspaper clippings, but photocopies of clippings on acid-free paper. No color photographs because they only last about 50 years. Black and white photographs last over 100 years. Video and audiocassettes have a life of only about 20 years. Most craft stores have a huge variety of acid-free papers, both plain and with designs.

To end the century, the Hibschman Family Reunion members brought special mementos or pictures to be placed in a time capsule box to be opened in 2019. For their millennium reunion, organizer Sharon Menk, Delavan, Illinois, plans to portray family founders in costume, as well as read the family history. There will be copies for everyone.

Over 300 Clinkscales will celebrate the turn of the century with some extra special touches according to reunion coordinator, David E. Clinkscales, South Florida, Florida. Their picnic will be in international waters on board the Port Everglades Sea Escape cruise ship. Their family banquet at the Ft. Lauderdale Marina Marriott requires after-five wear … a formal family, indeed.

Jeanmarie E. Weston-Diehn, Michigan City, Indiana, felt that even though her Rogers High School Class of 1978 reunion did no materialize, ideas for their theme “Moving into the 21st Century” are worth sharing. Memory book entries were to concentrate on predictions and aspirations for the new millennium. A fortune-teller was hired for private consultation and for encouragement, 10 door prizes would be having fortunes told. Decorations were to include crystal ball centerpieces and fortune cookies at place settings.