We asked our spring 2021 intern Holland to complete one of the activities in our Teaching Resource packet created for the Larson Shindelman: Geolocation exhibition. Holland chose this prompt: “A time capsule is a collection of objects put together to preserve the memory of a place, experience, or group of people at one point in time. People often make time capsules for special public occasions, and for others to open many years in the future. You can make one to celebrate a family event, to remind you of a special experience, or to remember friends, family, or school – or something else important to you.”
Check out the Teaching Resource packet and the other activities by clicking here!
For this activity, you will need:
– Coffee can, tennis ball can, or a large jar
– Paint, markers, felt, paper
– Duct tape
– Stuff to put in the capsule
– Decorate the outside of an empty can or jar with paint, markers, felt, and paper.
– Write your name and today’s date on the capsule’s lid.
– Try to find items that you can live without, but things that will be interesting to future generations. Fill your capsule with these items. Some ideas include: a personal “letter to the future,” current magazine or newspaper clippings, photographs of you and your family, or your predictions of life in the future.
– Securely tape the lid on the capsule.
– Write instructions on the outside of the capsule, explaining when the capsule should be opened.
– Now, all you have to do is find a good place to hide your capsule. You can bury it outside or hide it in your home!
Check out this great video montage Holland made to share the time capsule she made!