What is it: A time capsule to be sealed in a ceremony at 10 a.m. today on the north side of the Truman Courthouse (Maple Street, across from the theater) on the Independence Square.
What’s it about: On Sept. 7, 2013, the county rededicated the renovated and restored courthouse, 80 years to the hour from when Truman (then the county’s presiding judge) and others rededicated the building in 1933 following a renovation at that time.
What’s the plan: Jackson County is putting items centered on 2013 into the time capsule, which the Jackson County Historical Society will keep for the next 79 years. The time capsule is to be opened Sept. 7, 2093.
What’s on the outside: The time capsule is painted, with images of Harry Truman and Andrew Jackson, the county’s namesake, as well as the Truman Courthouse and the Community of Christ Temple in Independence. On the front, a clock will tick down the next 79 nears. Five local students in the county’s MyArts program did the artwork: Caitlin Echols and Allie Culver, seniors at Fort Osage High School; Katelyn Cogan, a senior at William Chrisman High School; Robin Prantl, a senior at Truman High School; and Kamala Bayliff, a sophomore at Truman.
What’s on the inside:
• A letter by County Executive Mike Sanders, his 2013 state-of-the-county address, the county’s 2013 year-end report, a copy of the County Charter, and a resolution passed by the County Legislature.
• A letter and state-of-the-city speech by former Independence Mayor Don Reimal.
• Poems written by students at Mill Creek Elementary in Independence.
• Menus from restaurants on the Square.
• A needlepoint pillow of the Square by former Independence Mayor Barbara Potts.
• A holiday greeting banner signed by citizens.
• A large Truman birthday card signed by citizens.
• Sketches of the time capsule design.
• Items from the courthouse rededication, including a guest list and videos.
• Time magazine book of 2013 events.
• People magazine’s people-of-the-year edition.
• A sheriff’s badge and related items.
• An anti-violence plan manual and a related letter from County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker.
• Five letters from Harry Truman, to Congressman Ike Skelton and Skelton’s father.
• Clifton Truman Daniel’s book about his grandparents, "Dear Harry, Love Bess: Bess Truman’s Letters to Harry Truman, 1919-1943."
• Two books from the Jackson County Historical Society, "Winding the Clock on the Independence Square: Jackson County’s Historic Truman Courthouse," by David W. Jackson, and "Lock Down: Outlaws, Lawmen & Frontier Justice in Jackson County, Missouri," by David W. Jackson and Paul Kirkman.
• A photo book about the Kansas City Zoo.
• County brochures on parks and other items.
• Independence and greater Kansas City tourism guides.
• A baseball thrown by Royals 2013 Opening Day starting pitcher James Shields and signed by Shields.
• An autographed team photo of the 2013 Royals.
• A football signed by the 2013 Kansas City Chiefs and a team photo.
• A bobblehead of Chiefs tight end Fred Arbanas, who played on the highly successful Chiefs teams of the 1960s. Arbanas is retiring after this year, after 42 years in the County Legislature.
• A bobblehead and other items from the Missouri Mavericks.
• An autographed ball from Sporting Kansas City.
• An iPad with games loaded on it (and a solar charger).
• A DVD player with a CD of this week’s meeting of the County Legislature.
• A greatest hits of 2013 CD.
• A hat from Big John’s Corner Bar on the Square.
• Flat Harry.
• Copies of The Examiner.
• A list of the prices of various items in 2013.
• A Twinkie.
– Jeff Fox