Peace Pole Signs & Time Capsules


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Peace Pole Signs:  Ten inch wide by seven inch high Information signs mounted on a 6 foot vinyl pole are available from Pax Christi for an additional $75.  These signs explain "What is a Peace Pole", it's history and significance.  The poles may be planted 12 to 18 inches in the ground, thereby placing the sign at a convenient height for viewing by short or young persons.  Included with this pole is a "Time Capsule" wiith suggestions for use in  dedication ceramony.

Here is what is shown on the sign:



Peace Pole planting was started in Japan in 1975. The Japanese writer, poet and philosopher, Masahisa Goi, authored the message, May Peace Prevail on Earth. Since then, the grassroots community project has grown into an international peace movement. It is estimated that more than 250,000 Peace Poles have been dedicated in every country in the world. For more information  see:





Time Capsules  

Each Peace Pole Sign from The Long Island Peace Pole Project,  comes with a plastic canister and suggestions on how to use them as time capsules.  These may be inserted in the poles and be an important part of the installation ceremony.  They provide an easy way to involve the entire community in the installation ceremony and leave an important legacy for future generations to discover.  We plan to post on this page examples of messages included in some recent Peace Poles.  For example, here is a fictitious messages from:

School Name


Date Planted


1.  My name is Mary and I am an eighth grade student.  I hope some day to be a teacher and be able to motivate my students to "make a difference".  I feel it is our world to make better.

2.  I am a parent and I hope our country will find a way to overcome the great income inequality that we have experienced lately.

3.  My name is Tom. I am a civics teacher.  One of my concerns is with political divisions.  I feel we need to learn to be more understanding of the needs, feelings and cultures of others.

4.  My name is  Mohammad, I would like to see better treatment of immigrants.

(etc,  Anything of interest, or useful in motivating others might be included).


From Wikipedia:

A time capsule is a historic cache of goods or information, usually intended as a deliberate method of communication with future people, and to help future archaeologists, anthropologists, or historians.[2] The preservation of holy relics dates back for millennia, but the practice of preparing and preserving a collection of everyday artifacts and messages to the future appears to be a more recent practice. Time capsules are sometimes created and buried during celebrations such as a world's fair, a cornerstone laying for a building, or at other ceremonies.

Early examples:

It is widely debated when time capsules were first used, but the concept is fairly simple, and the idea and first use of time capsules could be much older than is currently documented.[3] The term "time capsule" appears to be a relatively recent coinage dating from 1938.[4]

Around 1761, some dated artifacts were placed inside the hollow copper grasshopper weathervane, itself dating from 1742, atop historic Faneuil Hall in Boston.[5]

A time capsule dating to 1777 was discovered within a religious statue in Sotillo de la Ribera.[6] A time capsule was discovered in November 30, 2017, in Burgos, Spain. A wooden statue of Jesus Christ had hidden inside it a document with economic, political and cultural information, written by Joaquín Mínguez, chaplain of the Cathedral of Burgo de Osma in 1777.[7]

A Revolutionary-era time capsule, dating to 1795 and credited to Samuel Adams and Paul Revere, was temporarily removed in 2014 from the cornerstone of the Massachusetts State House in Boston.[8] It had been previously opened in 1855, and some new items had been added before it was reinstalled.[8] It was ceremonially reopened in January 2015 at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, with specific restrictions on media coverage, to preserve the fragile artifacts.[9] The contents were displayed there briefly, and then reinstalled in their original location.[8][10] It is the oldest known time capsule in the United States.

20th century:

The Steinbach time capsule at the Shore Mall in southern New Jersey, installed in 1974

Herrick Tower time capsule, Adrian College, Michigan, 2009B 2059

In 1901, a time capsule was placed inside the head of the copper lion ornamenting the Old State House in Boston. It was opened in 2014, during repairs to the sculpture and building, with plans to add new artifacts and reinstall it in its original location.[11]

The Detroit Century Box, a brainchild of Detroit mayor William C. Maybury, was created on December 31, 1900, and scheduled to be opened 100 years later. It was filled with photographs and letters from 56 prominent residents describing life in 1900 and making predictions for the future, and included a letter by Maybury to the mayor of Detroit in 2000. The capsule was opened by city officials on December 31, 2000, in a ceremony presided over by mayor Dennis Archer.[12][13]

The Crypt of Civilization (1936) at Oglethorpe University, intended to be opened in 8113, is claimed to be the first "modern" time capsule, although it was not called one at the time. George Edward Pendray is responsible for coining the term time capsule.[14][15] During the socialist period in the USSR, many time capsules were buried with messages to a future communist society.[16]

The 1939 New York World's Fair time capsule was created by Westinghouse as part of their exhibit. It was 90 inches (2.3 meters) long, with an interior diameter of 6.5 inches (16 cm), and weighed 800 pounds (360 kg). Westinghouse named the copper, chromium, and silver alloy "cupaloy", claiming it had the same strength as mild steel. It contained everyday items such as a spool of thread and doll, a book of record[17] (description of the capsule and its creators), a vial of staple food crop seeds, a microscope, and a 15-minute RKO Pathé Pictures newsreel. Microfilm spools condensed the contents of a Sears Roebuck catalog, dictionary, almanac, and other texts.

The 1939 time capsule was followed in 1965 by a second capsule at the same site, but 10 feet (3.0 m) to the north of the original. Both capsules are buried 50 feet (15 m) below Flushing Meadows Park, site of the Fair. Both the 1939 and 1965 Westinghouse Time Capsules are meant to be opened in 6939. More recently, in 1985, Westinghouse created a smaller, Plexiglas shell to be buried beneath the New York Marriott Marquis hotel, in the heart of New York's theater district. However, this time capsule was never put in place.[citation needed]

There is documentation of at least three physical time capsules at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as well as a "virtual" or digital time capsule.[5]

As of 2019, four time capsules are "buried" in space. The two Pioneer Plaques and the two Voyager Golden Records have been attached to spacecraft for the possible benefit of spacefarers in the distant future. A fifth time capsule, the KEO satellite, was scheduled to be launched in 2015B 16.[18] However, it has been delayed several times and an actual launch date has not been given. After launch, it will carry individual messages from Earth's inhabitants addressed to earthlings around the year 52,000, when it is due to return to Earth. As of July 2019, the satellite had not been launched.

The International Time Capsule Society was created in 1990 to maintain a global database of all known time capsules.

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Last update:02/05/2021