Volusia County will open a time capsule from 1995 in the week ahead. With all that has happened in the last quarter century, it will be interesting to see what was important to the government officials at that time.
If you were opening a time capsule from 1995, what would you expect to find? Newspapers, magazines, a video of “Forrest Gump”? Certainly not a thumb drive. (An employee of I.B.M. also filed an invention disclosure in 1999 when one of their employees, Shimon Shmueli, claimed to have invented the drive. Though the initial invention remains disputable, it wasn’t until late in 2000 that the first USB flash drive was sold in the U.S. by I.B.M.)
Volusia County officials will find out when they open an Earth Day time capsule that was planted outside the Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center in DeLand 25 years ago. The big reveal will take place at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, and it will be filmed live on the Volusia County Community Information Facebook page.
After the items are displayed for all to see, county staff will plant another time capsule filled with 2020 materials with a heavy focus on Earth Day and environmental efforts. For example, documents will address rising sea levels and the widespread use of single-use plastics with a message of hope that the future generation will have solved these problems. The day’s newspapers, county materials, census information, descriptions of the worldwide effort to combat COVID-19, and some light-hearted items will also be included.
When county staff opens the new time capsule in 2045, they will have “20/20” vision into everyday life and county government activities from 2020.
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