Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Time Capsule Project Preserves Present for the Future

BIG RAPIDS – In the year 2034, Ferris State University faculty, staff and students will learn a little bit about what life was like on campus in 2009.

Who knows what life will be like at Ferris 25 years from now, but the time capsule project can serve as a window to help the future gain insight into the past, said University Archivist and Special Collections Librarian Melinda McMartin Isler, who is spearheading the project.

For people passionate about history, the excitement generated by time capsule projects sparks imaginations to run wild remembering the past and imagining the future, she said, noting the time capsule project is open to volunteers who want to be a part of giving a gift from the present to Ferris’ future.

“Our plan is to open this time capsule in 25 years. Time capsules are a way for the campus community to come together and present the essence of what Ferris is to a future community who may not even be born yet,” Isler said. “We opened a time capsule for the Starr Building as part of the renovation of the Arts and Sciences Complex in the 1990s.

“Photos, yearbooks and programs help to place the building in its proper historical context, rather than just being a name and a date of construction. It really brings the time period to life,” she added.

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