Washington Monument Memories Sought for Time Capsule

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Photo by Greg Pease
Photo by Greg Pease

At Baltimore’s Washington Monument, two time capsules located means two time capsules to hide for the next generation. The cornerstone time capsule that went back underneath the country’s original Washington tribute had 3D printed likenesses of George Washington. With the public pitching in, the second is set to have sentiments from around Baltimore.

The Mt. Vernon Place Conservancy, which oversaw the massive renovation project on the Monument, is calling for memories of the monument. For the next three months, the memories can be posted at the MVP Conservancy’s website via an online form from the “Memories” tab.

“During the Monument’s 2014-15 restoration, we had such amazing feedback on our Facebook page about what the Monument means to those who know it,” the Conservancy’s Lance Humphries said in a press release. “People who live in Baltimore now, people who grew up here, but are now far away, and those who have family ties here—many chimed in on our page about the importance of the Monument to their lives and the city. We thought this would be a great way to capture the moment of 2015-16 and preserve it for the future.”

The memories will be included in a time capsule that will be placed behind a plaque commemorating the monument’s bicentennial and restoration project. The first time capsule that was found contained an early photograph of the Declaration of Independence, and accounts of the centennial celebration of the Monument in 1915. The cornerstone, which was placed in 1815, was found and reburied last year before the end of the restoration.

 



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