Time Capsule

The Bradford County Historical Society closed and sealed a time capsule in it's museum on December 31, 1999. It was cemented into a basement window opening of the former Bradford County jail during the refurbishing of the building. The stainless steel capsule is to be opened in one hundred years, at which time new material will be added and then the capsule will be resealed.

The capsule dimensions were 32.5 x 22.5 x 44.5 inches and weighed 650 pounds. Items placed in the capsule reflected life in Bradford County during the 1900's. Included were weekly and monthly publications, artifacts, currency and information on autos and technology in use in 1999.

A Description of the Time Capsule from the Bylaws

The purpose of the time capsule is to house a collection of artifacts and memorabilia related to life in and around Bradford County. It is designed to be opened and resealed every 100 years with new additions made at those 100 year intervals. It will be the responsibility of the Board of Trustees to safeguard the time capsule against unauthorized intrusion between the 100-year anniversary dates of the time capsule's official opening and closing.

It will be the obligation of the Board of Trustees of the Bradford County Historical Society at their first organizational meeting in the 100th year of the time capsule's anniversary to appoint a group of people within the Bradford County Historical Society to collect artifacts and memorabilia relating to the previous 100 years.

After the first day of December in the anniversary year the time capsule shall be opened the contents revealed in the presence of a 3/4th majority of the Board of Trustees. The contents of the time capsule shall then be put on public display. If during the time period when the contents are on display, it is determined by logical reasoning a 3/4th majority of the Board of Trustees and experts in a given field of science or humanities that an artifact is deteriorating to the point of possibly contaminating the remaining contents of the time capsule committee. Furthermore, if an artifact is acknowledged to be something that would benefit mankind, a part or portion of that artifact may be withdrawn from the time capsule holdings and used accordingly. On the last day of December in the anniversary year the contents of the time capsule shall be reloaded along with new artifacts and memorabilia and the capsule resealed for another 100 years.

It will be the responsibility of the Board of Trustees to inspect the physical integrity of the time capsule and make repairs as needed during the time period that the capsule is open. If or when the time capsule is no longer useable, because of a deteriorating state, it is the wish and desire of the Board of Trustees in the year 2000 that a new time capsule be constructed, installed in the cavity where the original time capsule was fitted and the process outlined above perpetuated.

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