State's centennial time capsule keepers meet at Capitol

The Associated PressNovember 13, 2013 

Volunteer “keepers” Erica Gordon, Irhonda Payne and Eric Meadows, from left, open the door of a safe containing time capsules Tuesday at the Capitol.

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A group of people who were children when they were sworn in by then-Gov. Booth Gardner in 1989 to be keepers of the state’s centennial time capsule have reconvened for the first time in 24 years.

The group opened up a safe containing the time capsule Tuesday and later held a meeting to discuss what might be added to the capsule next year for the state’s 125th birthday.

The safe, located on the south side of the first floor of the Capitol, contains 16 mini-capsules, which will be filled every 25 years.

Then all of the capsules are slated to be opened in 2389, the state’s 500th birthday.

The capsule from 1989 contains 10,000 messages to the future from Washington citizens and newspapers, a cookbook and Washington state wines from that year, among other items.

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