Concord’s Sesquicentennial Committee Wants Your Ideas For Time Capsule Items

March 20, 2018 15:32 pm · 29 comments

Concord’s Sesquicentennial Committee is planning to bury a small stainless steel time capsule (19″ long with 4″ diameter) beneath the new statue of Don Salvio Pacheco in Todos Santos Plaza – to be unveiled at the July 4th Parade.

They’re looking for ideas from the community about what kinds of small items should be placed inside the capsule, which will be retrieved and opened in another 150 years.

What do you think would be relevant and represent our community in 2018?

Click here to submit your ideas by May 1, 2018:

If you haven’t bought your custom engraved brick that will be installed in the patio surrounding the statue, they can still sneak in just a few more orders – ONLINE only. Visit the Concord Historical Society website to purchase yours for just $150.00. Now’s your chance to be part of history.

Ideas March 20, 2018 at 3:54 PM

Throw a fully charged but shut down iphone in there, so that it can be turned back on in 150 years. It will be like operating a potatoe.

TPC March 20, 2018 at 3:58 PM

A mini fire hydrant!

Joe March 20, 2018 at 4:47 PM

Intel Processor

David March 20, 2018 at 5:12 PM

To support local businesses, a Capriotti’s tuna fish sandwich.

Back in the day... March 20, 2018 at 5:21 PM

I know they won’t fit but I think the “Spirit Poles” would be great.

Pony March 20, 2018 at 6:25 PM

Pictures of the Poles would work. Leave them people in the future scratching their heads. Or the aliens will understand why this society didn’t survive.

Dorothy March 20, 2018 at 5:50 PM

Newspapers are getting smaller all the time.

Should leave... March 20, 2018 at 5:51 PM

A car key. Those will be non-existent. Also, a printout from the day that the time capsule will be buried.

chuckie the troll March 20, 2018 at 5:56 PM

A copy of the East Bay Times and Pioneer, since newspapers will be extinct soon.

The Specific Plan for the Weapon Station property…compare the projections to what actually happens.

Student achievement scores for Mt Diablo students (in Concord).

A complete inventory of stores and businesses in the City…wonder which will survive and which ones will disappear.

And I really like the Back in the day…suggestion of a Spirit Pole. Hated them although I thought they would make an awesome anti-paratrooper device.

Jerk March 20, 2018 at 6:26 PM

Forgot to add:
Photo of a Human Brain

Original G March 20, 2018 at 6:42 PM

Corn snake and a piece of that Expensive white picket fence.

PH Dad March 21, 2018 at 11:19 PM


Cowellian March 20, 2018 at 7:16 PM

A brick from the Cowell Smokestack would seem appropriate.

Side Line Critic March 20, 2018 at 7:46 PM

iPhone, car keys and the NWS Master Plan are a “must”… How about an “I Voted!” sticker. The future folks will have no idea what that might have been all about. Perhaps a credit card? With wrist and skull implant tags, virtual currency and financial survival rations coming, silly things like credit cards will soon disappear. I dunno. The future is so yesterday…

Bob Foo March 20, 2018 at 7:48 PM

Fidget spinner.

ONIWY March 20, 2018 at 8:07 PM

Printouts of several different Nextdoor neighborhoods’ activity for the same day, to show different perspectives in different areas. Conduct an interview and save the video with a person dying of a disease that will be curable and unheard of when the capsule is opened. Stop a few random people on the street of differing ages and ask if they will donate everything they’re wearing right at that moment to be vacuum-sealed and placed in the capsule (provide temporary substitute clothing so they can get home properly clothed.) Go to a 7-11 and scoop up a bag of assorted candies and goodies at the checkout area, include those. Security footage from several different stores and town areas for several hours. Currently-used books from local schools. Dried flowers from local gardens.

Whoe Jim March 20, 2018 at 8:08 PM

How about a few high gigabyte SIM cards of pics and current information of our region. They are extremely small and Hopefully 150 years from now their advanced technology will be able to retrieve it like playing back a 45 record today from the past.

JazzMan March 21, 2018 at 6:53 AM

Great idea, but I remember hearing that there are stacks of floppy disks from the Apollo Program that are useless as there are no devices to access them anymore. Who knows what technology holds in store (pun intended) for us in 150 years.

hehaseesaw March 20, 2018 at 8:19 PM

Pictures of Mt.Diablo and surrounding lands and parks because in 150 years I’m sure it will all be concrete, houses and no wildlife.

Maybe a high definition 360 video filmed of Concord that they can view on their future virtual reality headsets, it will be like traveling back in time for them when they view it.

Silva March 20, 2018 at 9:02 PM

Photos of all the open space we have right now. Before Lennar and Seeno et al. were allowed to carve away and cover the rest of what’s left.

Russ Sayin March 21, 2018 at 5:51 AM

you beat me to that one

Pole cat March 21, 2018 at 12:11 AM

Since we are already in the future and newspapers are extinct, how about a screen shot of Or some period-correct apparel. Maybe some yoga pants or a sweet 5150 snapback with the Rasta colors and California Bear Flag super-imposed over a marijuana leaf and the words “Nor Cal” in gold leaf and Slender Man under the brim.

Aspirin March 21, 2018 at 8:48 AM

A new car owner’s manual.

RANDOM TASK March 21, 2018 at 9:22 AM

Well fill it with things that represent the area like


Frambley1 March 21, 2018 at 9:33 AM

An Olive Garden menu.

ChuckStir March 21, 2018 at 9:36 AM

A book of matches from a local resturant

One Who Knows March 21, 2018 at 1:01 PM

How about a Driver’s Ed handbook from DMV since people won’t be driving themselves in 150yrs.

Jack's Fan March 21, 2018 at 3:52 PM

When I look back at old items I’m always fascinated by the price lists, so I would say some menus, grocery and car dealer adverts, that sort of thing. Love the idea of 360 video from the statue itself.

Banker March 21, 2018 at 8:43 PM

a hand written check

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