What Items Would You Put in a Time Capsule?

Suggestions for items that might be put into a time capsule are a newspaper, generational photos and copies of milestone-moment documents, such as birth, marriage and death certificates; report cards; diplomas; and home blueprints. Other possibilities include dried flowers from a memorable occasion, audio and video recordings, souvenirs from special events and personal memorabilia, such as a lock of hair or a favorite piece of jewelry.

A time capsule created to commemorate a particular year might contain a record of interesting facts, such as the price of a gallon of milk, a carton of eggs, a loaf of bread, a gallon of gas and the price of a first class postage stamp. Lists of people and events of historical significance from that year are also popular inclusions; for example, the name of the President of the United States that year, key domestic and international political events, notable inventions and popular modes of transportation throughout the world.

Add interesting notes about the current entertainment industry: popular movies and television shows, late night comedians, celebrity actors and news anchors, musical artists and Academy Award winners. Also consider including items that reflect personalities and priorities, such as favorite books, recipes, quotes, prayers and poems.