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City of Hutchinson Seeks Items to Include in Sesquicentennial Time Capsule

HUTCHINSON – In commemoration of its Sesquicentennial Birthday, the City of Hutchinson is seeking the donation of meaningful items and artifacts from the public for inclusion in a time capsule to be buried at City Hall on August 15.

“We are hoping for diverse representation in the artifacts we include,” said Rebekah Starkey Keasling, the city’s director of public information and community engagement who is spearheading the project. “When this time capsule is opened in 50 years, we do not want a homogenous picture of what our town was in 2022 — we want documentation of the rich diversity, culture, arts, and community that has been built here — from all different perspectives throughout our city.”

The city is seeking items from individuals, families, neighborhoods, and organizations around the community. The Reno County Historical Society’s archivists, on staff at the Reno County Museum, will document and preserve items that are donated before placing them within the time capsule so that future generations will be able to get a glimpse of what life was like in Hutchinson in 2022. Examples of donated objects could include photographs, essays, yearbooks, news articles, magazines, story recordings, meaningful objects, and other artifacts. Due to space constraints, two-dimensional items will be included first, and three-dimensional items will be included as space allows.

To preserve the context and meaning of each item, the Reno County Historical Society asks that the following information be included with donations:

Photos must include:

  • Where and/or why the photo was taken
  • When the photo was taken (date or year)
  • Who is in the photo (full names)
  • Who took the photo (if relevant)

*If you would like to include photos but need help getting them printed, you can email up to three to [email protected] along with the required information and the Reno County Museum staff will print and label them for you. If you would like to include more than three, please bring them to one of the drop off events below, either printed or on a flash drive, and labeled with the required information.

Letters must include:

  • Full name of both sender and recipient
  • Recipient birthdate and birthplace

*Letters or short digital documents can also be emailed to [email protected] along with the required information.

Three-dimensional objects must include:

  • The object’s history and/or significance
  • Previous owners, if applicable (full name, birthplace, and birthdate)
  • Any stories or context you can provide about the object

*3D items will be included at the discretion of City Staff due to space limitations. Please provide contact information for items to be returned if not included. Items with historical or broad community significance will be prioritized. Included items will become property of the City.

What not to include:

  • Anything with a built-in battery
  • Newspapers (If you would like to include a newspaper article, please print it out or make a photocopy as we will not be able to include newsprint due to its acidity.)

To donate items to the time capsule, please bring them to the following drop-off events:

  • The Reno County Museum | Saturday, August 6 from 1:00-4:00 pm
  •  Hutchinson City Hall, 125 E Ave B | Monday, August 8 from 1:00-4:00 pm
  • The Reno County Museum | Tuesday, August 9 from 1:00-4:00 pm

Or email photos or letters (three maximum) to [email protected] by August 10.