Leon County Seals Time Capsule

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Associated Press Release

Leon County will hold a ceremony to seal its Viva Florida Time Capsule on Friday, October 25 at 11 a.m. The ceremony will be located on the first floor of the Leon County Courthouse, 301 S. Monroe St. Over 130 items that reflect life in Leon County, including pictures, letters, electronics, and much more, will be sealed for 110 years in the Time Capsule.

As part of the State's 2013 Viva Florida celebration marking the 500th anniversary of Juan Ponce de Leon's arrival to Florida in 1513, the State provided each county a time capsule to collect items that uniquely represents each respective community.

In its continuous commitment to engage citizens on issues and projects that promote the rich and diverse history and culture of Leon County, the County Commission established the seven-member citizen led Viva Florida Time Capsule Committee to lead the effort of recommending and collecting the items for the time capsule. The Committee was also charged with recommending the sealing date and opening date of the Time Capsule.

"The Committee has done a tremendous job in selecting items and materials that reflect the uniqueness of our community," said County Commission Chairman Nick Maddox. "Many of us might not be around to open the time capsule in 2123, but I know we're all looking forward to sealing it on October 25."

Under the theme "2013: Living Today in Leon County, Florida", the Committee promoted the Time Capsule to the public and encouraged citizens to submit ideas, items, and materials. Early in its process, the Committee recommended the Time Capsule be sealed until October 25, 2123, which will mark the 300-year anniversary when the community was chosen as the capital of Florida. At its October 8 meeting, the County Commission approved the items recommended by the Committee as well as the sealing date and opening date.

"When the time capsule is opened generations from now, it will tell the story of the people, places, and events that shaped our community," said Leon County Administrator Vincent S. Long, "The Sealing Ceremony celebrates the accomplishment of the Committee and compliments the many events occurring locally as part of the Viva Florida Celebration."

The entire community, as well as the citizens and organizations that submitted content for the Time Capsule, are invited to attend the Sealing Ceremony. During the event, Committee members will provide remarks on the items included in the Time Capsule; a representative from Viva Florida will speak about the importance of the statewide celebration to the Leon County community; and local students will read letters that they submitted for the Time Capsule.

The Time Capsule will then officially be sealed and put on display at the County Courthouse. Following the Sealing Ceremony, food and refreshment will be served.

In the interim, the Time Capsule and selected items will be on display at the Main Library, Wednesday, October 17 through Tuesday, October 22. Also, citizens can visit the Viva Florida Time Capsule website at www.LeonCountyFL.gov/TimeCapsule to view photos that will be included in the Time Capsule.

For more information, contact Shington Lamy, Assistant to the County Administrator, at (850) 606-5300 / LamyS@LeonCountyFL.gov or Jon D. Brown, Director of Leon County Community and Media Relations, at (850) 606-5300 / cmr@LeonCountyFL.gov .

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