Okaloosa County has selected several items for its time capsule. Next up, officials and citizens will choose photos to seal for the future.
Every county in the state is preparing a time capsule in celebration of the 500th anniversary of Ponce de León's arrival on Florida soil. Okaloosa's capsule is already on display at The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida in Niceville, along with several items selected to go into it.
Among the chosen keepsakes are menus from local restaurants, a ticket from Jerry Seinfeld's performance at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in January, a few newspaper clippings, including the story of Colonel Bud Day's death, as well as military coins and patches, Okaloosa County public information officer Kathy Newby said.
"We tried to pick things that are happening in 2013, as well as a few historical things that give you a picture of what Okaloosa County is like in this era," Newby told The Log.
County officials chose to mark the capsule with instructions to open it in 2113, 100 years from now.
"We were given, by the state of Florida along with the time capsule, several ways to preserve some of these items. We're hoping they last 100 years," Newby said.
Organizers will hold a meeting Nov. 6 to select photos to include in the capsule. Newby said she has already requested photos from The Log to put in the capsule, including a photo of St. John Greek Orthodox Church on Highway 98, which will soon be demolished.
The time capsule will be sealed on Dec. 14 as part of the annual Yule of Yesteryear celebration. The event starts at 10 a.m., and the capsule will be officially sealed at 1 p.m. The public is welcome to attend all time capsule meetings and submit suggestions for entries. The next meeting will be Nov. 6 at 9:30 a.m. at the Niceville Library.