WAPAKONETA – The Armstrong Air & Space Museum is calling upon the community to submit potential donations for an upcoming time capsule ceremony. Potential donations will start being accepted during the museum’s “Grand Illumination” event on Friday, Nov. 25, at 7 p.m., which officially kicks off the holiday season and the end of the museum’s 50th celebrations.
“Our 50th anniversary was really about honoring our past, celebrating in the present, and looking forward to the future,” says Dante Centuori, Armstrong Museum executive director. “Ending the year with a time capsule allows us to continue that sentiment and hopefully bring some joy to our future coworkers and community.”
In terms of acceptable items, the museum suggests items such as personally written letters, predictions of the future, current coins or medallions, current fads or trends, items representative of the local area, or current space related items.
“We are looking for the time capsule to represent this current moment in history,” says the museum’s curator Logan Rex. “We would love to see items that might fascinate future generations and allow them to see what life was like in 2022.”
Rex added that not all donated items would make the time capsule.
“Some items break down faster over time and could contaminate other items in the capsule. Items like food, liquids, electronics, batteries, PVC plastic, rubber, and organic material will likely not be enclosed in the capsule if donated.”
Once provided to the museum, donated items will not be returned to the donor, whether enclosed or not. The museum asks that if you have any concerns about a potential time capsule item not being accepted, give the museum a call at 419-738-8811.
The museum will accept items from Friday, Nov. 25, until Monday, Jan. 2. The time capsule will be opened on the museum’s 100th anniversary, July 20, 2072.