Silver Challenge
Time Capsule


Challenge: Wikipedia describes a “time capsule” as a historic collection of goods or information, usually intended as a method of communication with future people and to help future archaeologists, anthropologists, or historians. Can you put together a time capsule of information about a chosen ancestor or historical figure that could depict their life.

How do I do this: Select an Ancestor from your family tree (or a historical person if you prefer). Pick the historical time period in which they lived (below are a few examples)

  • Industrial Revolution (1750-1850)
  • Victorian era (1837-1900)
  • World War I (1914-1918)
  • World War II (1938-1945)

Use a large size envelope (should really be bigger than a DL size envelope) and decorate it in a style typical of the period your chosen ancestor is from. Be creative.

Make a birth announcement or wedding invitation for your ancestor using the dates and places you have found from your family research.

Create a newspaper page detailing the important dates and events occurring at this time. Does you ancestor feature in the paper? What type of clothing did people wear? Draw or copy a picture of popular fashion from the time. Get a costume history book from the library or look on the internet.

What money was in use? Print out pictures of what the money from that period would look like and include this your time capsule. Can you think of anything else to include in your time capsule?

Suggested places to find this information: Consult your family tree. Use books and internet sources to learn what life was like during your chosen period. Go the library or local studies library and consult historic newspapers, directories or books.

Suggested resources and useful websites:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Envelope
http://postalheritage.org.uk/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victorian_era
http://www.flatstanley.com/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izwibxi8Cvg

Can you now put together your Ancestral time capsule