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How to write a time capsule introduction letter

Updated February 17, 2017

A time capsule provides an intriguing way to remember the past and to ensure that information about your or your organisation is preserved for future generations. Your time capsule letter can include everything from your current likes and dislikes to your goals and future plans. If your school or organisation makes a time capsule, have everyone include a short personal statement.

Decide the purpose of the time capsule; is it to remind yourself of how you once were? If the time capsule is for your organisation, what would employees or students be interested to hear about the future? The answers to these questions will dictate not only what items you include in the time capsule, but also what you include in your letter.

Begin the letter by typing the date; the date is the most important aspect of the time capsule. Type "Dear (recipient of the time capsule)" followed by a colon.

Explain the purpose of the time capsule. If it is for an organisation, remember that the letter will probably be read at some sort of public ceremony, so write as if you are speaking to a large crowd. Tell the crowd why you decided to create a time capsule. If you are writing to yourself, keep in mind that the future you is a different person. Tell yourself what you hoped to accomplish by writing the letter and creating the time capsule.

Explain the items in the capsule. Describe what each item is and its significance. If the capsule is meant to be opened far in the future, the recipients of the letter might not know what the items are.

Provide any other information about yourself or your organisation that you feel might be interesting. For example, if the time capsule is meant for yourself, it would be revealing to speculate about what the future you is doing. If the capsule is meant for your business or organisation, give a snapshot of what business is like now and speculate about what your business is doing in the future.

Sign the letter, or, in the case of an organisation, have everyone sign it.

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About the Author

Natalie Smith is a technical writing professor specializing in medical writing localization and food writing. Her work has been published in technical journals, on several prominent cooking and nutrition websites, as well as books and conference proceedings. Smith has won two international research awards for her scholarship in intercultural medical writing, and holds a PhD in technical communication and rhetoric.