When Chandler residents marked the city's golden jubilee in 1962 and the diamond jubilee in 1987, they filled and buried metal time capsules with messages and mementos for future residents. With the centennial coming this year, the community will follow that tradition with a twist.
Starting with the 100-day countdown to the centennial this Tuesday, the city will start collecting items for possible inclusion in a glass case that will remain above ground rather than buried. The capsule will be on display at City Hall and other places throughout the community until it is to be opened in 2062.
The Chandler Arts Commission had glass artist B.J. Katz design the capsule case, which features patterned glass fabricated by Meltdown Glass. It's 36 inches wide, 10 inches deep and 30 inches tall and sits on a pedestal. It will be sealed on May 17.
Those interested in submitting an item for the time capsule should first consider several factors, such as object size and space limitations, technological obsolescence, types of paper and materials, and how some items may interact with other materials in the capsule. A detailed list of guidelines is available, along with a submission form, at www.chandler100th.com/timecapsule.
Items can be submitted through April 16 at the Chandler Museum, 178 E. Commonwealth Ave., and at the McCullough-Price House, 300 S. Chandler Village Drive. Not every item submitted will be placed in the time capsule, and those items not included will be added to the collection of the Chandler Museum.