Capturing Today for Tomorrow

The Deer Park Time Capsule, as seen here with Mayor Tim Verzal, Laura Chamberlain of the Time Capsule Committee, and Fire Chief Bill Neckels, is expected to remain buried in front of Fire Station 41 until its unearthing in the year 2121.

Photo Provided By: Time Capsule Committee

The Time Capsule Committee is asking the Deer Park community to participate in a historical gift that will not be opened until the year 2121. So that future Deer Park members will be able to reminisce about our present time.

Deer Park’s Settlers Day Parade and Picnic in the Park is fast approaching. This Saturday marks the 101st anniversary of this popular event. The City of Deer Park and the Settlers Association are preparing a special event for the future generation to celebrate. They are putting together a time capsule slated for opening on Settlers Day 200, or July 26th, 2121.

The intention of this time capsule is to leave behind everyday items, giving the next century a snapshot of a bygone era – life today in small-town Deer Park. “This time capsule is not a treasure chest filled with riches or valuable goods,” said Mayor Tim Verzal. “It more closely resembles a junk drawer filled with an interesting mix of odds and ends. Just miscellaneous items with no monetary value today, but when taken as a whole and preserved for almost 100 years, they will tell today’s story to Deer Park tomorrow. “

“We are focused on content and preservation quality,” said Laura Chamberlain of the Time Capsule Committee. “This will be like waiting 100 years for Christmas morning. When people in 2121 open our gift, we want them to be wowed by what we sent.”

The public is invited to share their ideas or donate appropriate items they wish to send to Deer Park 2121. Contact the committee at [email protected].

The time capsule will be displayed at Settlers Day Picnic in Mix Park on Saturday, July 23rd. Visitors will have an opportunity to become part of local history by signing the 2121 Guest Book. In addition, photo opportunities will be available for those wishing to send their photograph along with a personal message to their descendants. Will your current occupation be obsolete by the 22nd century? Leave your business card for the future; they may be amazed!

An official burial ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, October 1, 2022, and will be held at the Deer Park Fire Station 315 E. Crawford St, Deer Park, WA. The Time Capsule Committee has yet to release the time the event will take place.

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