Alki Statue of Liberty Plaza time capsule: Filled and sealed

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.

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3 Replies to "Alki Statue of Liberty Plaza time capsule: Filled and sealed"

  • WS Dog Lover September 19, 2009 (1:12 pm)

    Will the capsule contents list be made public?

  • Log House Museum September 19, 2009 (4:09 pm)

    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

  • WSB September 19, 2009 (9:16 pm)

    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

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