Jackson County seals time capsule

Posted May 12, 2014 at 3:05 pm

Joe Jarosz
Northeast News
May 12, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — In the year 2093, residents of Jackson County, Missouri will be able to find out what living in the year 2014 was like.

On Saturday, May 3, Jackson County officials sealed the Historic Truman Courthouse time capsule with the instructions of it to not be opened until the year 2093. Jackson County executive Mike Sanders, with the help of Independence Mayor Eileen Weir, Jackson County Historical Society executive director Steve Noll and students from the Mill Creek Elementary School, among others, assisted with the sealing of the time capsule. The capsule, which was recycled from a safe found during the renovation of the courthouse last fall, was buried at the Truman Courthouse on the square in Independence.

Locked inside the recycled capsule included copies of letters from President Harry S. Truman to Congressman Ike Skelton and his father, memorabilia from local sports teams, a donated iPad and a Twinkie.

In a press release, Sanders said the ceremony was symbolic and signaled the end of the Truman Courthouse renovations. The county executive predicted the courthouse will still be serving the community when the capsule is open in 80 years. The Jackson County Historical Society will serve as the caretakers of the time capsule until it is opened on Sept. 7, 2093.