Friday, June 15, 2007

The Belevedere Car Time Capsule Unearthed


I just found that the people of Tulsa Oklahoma were somewhat disappointed with the opening of the vault and the raising of their Centennial Time Capsule. When the vault was cracked open, they found that the car and it's contents were submerged in several feet of water. There is a video from Channel 6 KOTV that you watch if you would like to, but when I have tried to view the video, the quality has been poor and it has locked up my browser. Here is the link KOTV6 to view this, but please beware that it could cause havoc with your computer.

What can we learn from this? If you are going to bury your time capsule outside, make sure that it is sealed properly to protect it from the elements the best you can. Back in 1957, they sealed the car as best that they could and hopefully it will come out better than expected from the pictures. This also reminds us that even though we have our pictures on our computers, backed up on CD's, DVD's or printed on photo paper, we need to continually be on the look out for deterioration and routinely keep the backups that we have on multimedia discs current with what programs and multimedia storage options at the current time. The digital age and multimedia storage is constantly in flux which requires us to be diligent. If you are saving your printed pictures make sure that they are on acid free paper and are stored in acid free sheets. All of these techniques can be researched online, but if you would like to look at the this link you will be directed to a website that will teach you step by step how to archive your genealogical and pictorial records for safe keeping.

I look forward to learning more concerning the conditions of the content of this unique time capsule. For more ideas on creating a time capsule, click the links below.
Family Tree Magazine
Make a Time Capsule to Preserve Family Memories
Time Capsule Form
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