The time Capsule project is about all of us! Be part of history by expressing memories of 2020-2021 in Meadville and Crawford County to citizens 50 years from now. It is not too late to meet the deadlines for submissions Friday, September 24 at the Meadville Area Middle School. 

One question is, “How may we all provide a snapshot of today’s culture in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic?” I found the answer in part in 100 Time Capsule Ideas by Janet Reinhold (2005). These are some of the suggestions:


  • Information/actions taken about the COVID-19 pandemic 
  • Letters to future office holders 50 years from now 
  • Letter to future citizens 
  • Special community awards
  • Documents
  • Government meetings (i.e. minutes, recordings, policies)
  • Celebrations (i.e. Crawford Fair, Parades)
  • History 
  • Publications
  • Services
  • Each department submits artifacts and other things (Fire Department, Police Department, Ambulance services, Volunteer fire department, Assessment, licenses . . .)
  • Journals/Diaries 
  • Congressional actions
  • Books, pamphlets, etc. 
  • Postal items
  • Stationary
  • Pictures
  • Artifacts
  • Annual reports or budgets and notes from committees
  • Proclamations
  • Regulations
  • Bulletins 
  • Sample ballots 


  1. Students 
  • Essays that received a good grade
  • Copies of published works
  • Yearbook with signatures
  • School newspapers
  • Original music
  • Special projects
  • Information and pictures about clubs/organizations
  • Information and pictures about sport teams
  • Pictures with special friends
  • Tell about games and toys you like
  • Art work 
  • Family genealogy 
  • Interviews with your family members and others
  • Choir/band/drama performances
  • Family pictures
  • Write a letter to students 50 years from now telling them about

your school, how you responded to COVID-19

  • Tell students about fashions /show pictures
  • Tell about what impacted your life
  • Tell about special programs in which you are involved
  • Share artifacts like pins, signs, trophies, etc.
  • Tell about your home town
  1. Teachers, Staff and Administrators: 
  • Student Handbook
  • Aerial view of the school
  • Class pictures
  • Special recognition
  • School reunions
  • Principal, nurse, teachers, counselor, coaches, aides, maintenance staff, athletic director, Nutrition Group, write a letter to those who will open the capsule in 50 years addressing responses to COVID-19
  • Share copies of books
  • Pictures of events
  • Publications
  • Teachers submit some of their favorite lessons/some of students’ favorite lessons
  • Teachers and staff write about how COVID-19 affected their families
  • History of clubs, band, chorus, drama, yearbook, etc.
  • School volunteers; volunteer packet
  • Special features of staff in the media, honors, etc.
  • Students achievement
  • Sports artifacts 
  • Schedules
  • Recordings
  • Special bulletins 
  • PTO
  • Graduation programs
  • Copies of outstanding speeches signed by the speaker
  • Spotlight collaborators/sponsors
  • Community service 
  • Copies of special documents
  • Copies of job qualifications 

Colleges/Technical Schools:

  • Tell how COVID-19 affected your institution and how you responded
  • Student handbooks
  • Applications
  • Publications
  • Requirements
  • Curricula
  • Degrees
  • Pictures
  • Outstanding graduates
  • Contributions to the community
  • Artifacts
  • Photos of student and teacher interactions
  • Recognitions
  • Aerial view
  • Products 


  • Essay describing how your business responded the COVID-19 pandemic 
  • Brochures about your business
  • Artifacts (i.e. menus, photos, pencils, pens cookbooks, items for fundraising, caps, pens,)
  • Computer items
  • Print out of web site
  • Special publications
  • Locally produced items
  • Seeds of plants native to the area, vacuum-packed
  • Soil samples
  • Water sample
  • Air sample in a sealed container
  • Special products of your company
  • Special historically significant items
  • Catalogs
  • Business-oriented magazines 
  • Recognitions 
  • Community contributions 
  • Special contracts
  • Computer chip
  • Bottle of brandy for the 50th year opening celebration
  • Productions 
  • Paper money and coins


  • Essay describing how the church responded to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Contribution to community
  • Church history
  • Church bulletins
  • Contribution to community
  • Letter to the congregation in fifty years
  • Photos of church and family life
  • Copies of pastor’s sermons
  • Church programming
  • Virtual tour
  • Aerial view


  • Tell how your family responded to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Family history/genealogy
  • Pictures of family gatherings/celebrations
  • Send a letter to teenagers, parents, college students, fifty years from now
  • Family travels
  • Popular family games
  • Popular family books
  • Utility bills (gas, electric, water, phone, trash)
  • Neighborhood gatherings 
  • Books written by a family member
  • Artifacts 

Health Facilities:

  • Write about how you responded to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • History
  • Brochures
  • Pictures
  • Pictures
  • Information about breakthroughs in medicine
  • Special recognition
  • Contributions to the community 
  • Aerial view of your facility
  • Virtual tour
  • Aerial view


  • Tell how you responded to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Record of related TV shows, radio broadcasts, commercial, etc. 
  • Player equipment
  • Copies of newspapers
  • Copies of magazines
  • Photos of today’s current life
  • Interviews 
  • Aerial photos 

With little time left, gather up your items and bring them to the Meadville Area Middle School by Friday, September 24 or call me at 814-282-0634 and I will come and pick them up.

Thank you for telling our stories to citizens fifty years into the future.

Armendia P. Dixon