NPS Celebrates Anniversaries, Earth Day, Future Generations with Time Capsule

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Date: April 11, 2016
Contact: Kathleen Sandt, Public Affairs Specialist, (570) 426-2472 (O); (570) 234-9144 (C)

Superintendent John J. Donahue announced today that National Park Service (NPS) employees at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area are planning to commemorate the park’s 50th anniversary- which occurred last year- and the NPS Centennial this year by burying a time capsule at Park Headquarters at 10:30 am on Earth Day, April 22. The time capsule will be opened by employees in 2065.

“The NPS mission is to protect America’s special places for future generations to enjoy, so we, as today’s park caretakers, wanted to send a message to future employees in commemoration of these two landmark anniversaries,” said Superintendent Donahue, who initially conceived the project. 

The time capsule is actually a rectangular box made just for this purpose. Items included in the vessel include over 200 letters to the future from local students, park ranger uniform items, postcards and newspapers, photos, park publications, souvenirs, and mementos from several surrounding communities and partner organizations. During the ceremony, several students from Mr. Michael Healey’s AP Government class at East Stroudsburg High School-South will read their “Letters to the Future” as the time capsule is sealed and buried. 

Editor’s Note: This event is not open to the public. The time capsule and its contents will be available for viewing beginning at 9 am on Friday, April 22. Photo opportunities and interviews with park employees and students will be available before and after the ceremony.

Last updated: April 12, 2016

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