Capsule will be opened in 2063
By Chris Fish
VIERA -- In honor of the state of Florida's 500-year anniversary, a statewide campaign called Viva Florida 500 is providing each county library with a time capsule to fill and preserve for future generations.
The stainless-steel cylinder will be on display at the Government Center in Viera until the year 2063, when it will be opened by future generations. Now, in order to fill the time capsule with appropriate memorabilia, members of the Brevard County Public Library system are asking for input from county residents.
"2013 is a special year for our state, and this time capsule is a great way to mark this occasion and remind people in the future of what we thought was important," said Michael Boonstra, genealogy librarian/archivist for the Central Brevard Library. "We are asking for the public's input, as this is their capsule; it's about what they want."
Mr. Boonstra said a committee made up of area residents and representatives from several historical and genealogical groups has also been created, and they hope to have suggestions in by the beginning of September.
"We are looking for small items (because) the capsule is only 24 inches long by 6 inches wide," he said. "(We want) anything people think is important to our past, present or future."
Mr. Boonstra said the committee does not want general electronics, such as CDs and DVDs, because there may not be a device available that will play them in 50 years. However, common items, such as grocery receipts, a quarter and a local newspaper's front page, are encouraged because they may not be common in 50 years, he said.
Mr. Boonstra said the capsule will also be registered with the International Time Capsule Society, an organization that keeps track of time capsules and their locations all over the world.
To submit suggestions for the time capsule, contact Michael Boonstra at email@example.com or visit the Brevard County Library's Facebook page.