Alki Statue of Liberty Plaza time capsule: Filled and sealed

September 19, 2009 at 12:39 pm | In Alki Statue of Liberty, West Seattle history, West Seattle news | 3 Comments

Rain or no rain, the time capsule burial ceremony at Alki Statue of Liberty Plaza is on for 2 this afternoon. The time capsule itself was filled and sealed this morning at the Log House Museum – that’s director Andrea Mercado in the photo with the completed capsule (at right, Clara Peterson, who with brother Loren assisted in the hour-long job, and peeking into the top of the frame is Patrick Donohue, city Parks Department manager for the plaza project); you’ll recall she put out a call for people to save memories, souvenirs and daily-life “ephemera” last November 13th – anniversary of the Denny Party’s Alki landing – to put in the capsule, and all that is what went in today. We’ve got video of much of the event and will add some later; the capsule contents were catalogued by Eilene Hutchinson as they went in:

We’ll be at the 2 pm ceremony today too – the capsule is supposed to be available for public viewing around 1:30. And remember that Alki also is headquarters to the Evergreen State Barbecue Championships all weekend (separate story to come) so it’s a busy day at the beach! 6:52 PM: Adding more video from this morning’s filling/sealing gathering. First, Andrea explains to Clara and Loren how the capsule-filling will proceed:

We asked Andrea afterward if she had ever done a time capsule before – nope, this was her first one. And she said they’re meticulously documenting everything they did regarding storage and placement, because what’s considered time-capsule state of the art now is nonetheless unproven – since you don’t really know what’ll happen till you get to the capsule opening decades (or longing later). Some of what’s in the capsule is simple, some personal:

9:13 PM: Thanks to Paul Carr for sending us the program from today’s ceremony (video is in a separate story here), which includes the full list of what’s in the time capsule. See it (and the rest of the program) here.

3 Comments

  1. Will the capsule contents list be made public?

    Comment by WS Dog Lover — 1:12 pm September 19, 2009 #

  2. The capsule contents were published in the program for the burial event today and we will also have the list on hand at the Log House Museum

    Comment by Log House Museum — 4:09 pm September 19, 2009 #

  3. I just got the program as a PDF from Paul Carr – have noted this in the story too but for the person who asked here, it’s got the list LHM mentions. We’ve uploaded and you can see it here:
    http://westseattleblog.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/whatsintimecapsule.pdf

    Comment by WSB — 9:16 pm September 19, 2009 #

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