By Max Langenbacher
What will future people think about us today?
A time capsule is a great way to show what things were like in 2016. I had a lot of fun making one. I put in some personal items, like an award I got from Kumon (for math drills) and a picture of my family when we went to the Eiffel Tower in Paris a couple of years ago.
I also wrote a letter about my current life—where I go to school (I’m in 8th grade at Washington Latin), where I live, what I like to do, my family in the US, Canada, and Japan, and my friends. I also put a copy of the Washington Post newspaper (with articles about the Zika virus and Hillary Clinton’s presidential primary campaign), a copy of the Burleith Bell, a dollar bill (they might not exist in the future!), and an Obama-Biden campaign button. But the most important part of all is that I used an old Thomas the Tank Engine metal lunch box to hold all these things. My brother and I loved playing with those toys when I was a little boy (now I am 14).
On April 1, we put the time capsule in the call box at S and 36th Streets and then glued it shut. I look forward to when someone opens the time capsule in 50 or 60 years. I would like to remember who I was in 2016 and compare the future to the present.
For a summary of the call box restoration project, click here.