2020 UnBoxed: The Center for Local History to Curate New Time Capsule

Published on February 24, 2021

Arlington County announces that the Center for Local History at the Arlington Public Library will curate a time capsule, 2020 UnBoxed, which will contain objects and material representing the major events and themes of 2020 in Arlington.

"The time capsule is a snapshot of today as well as a gift for the future, preserving an account of a particular period in time." said Library Director Diane Kresh.

Themes for the collection will include:

  • The 2020 Census

  • The COVID-19 pandemic

  • Racial justice and civic unrest

  • Arlington County's naming centennial

  • The 100th anniversary of women's suffrage

The CLH, whose mission is to preserve and share the history of Arlington County, its citizens, organizations, businesses and social issues, will reach out to community organizations and leaders over the next nine months to obtain items that represent the major events of 2020.

The time capsule will also draw from items donated to the COVID-19 Archives project. Residents are encouraged to continue to submit donations that illustrate how Arlington life has been affected and altered by the pandemic.

The time capsule collection will be exhibited online in October, during American Archives Month, which celebrates and raises awareness about the value of archives and archivists. The items will then be sealed and deposited in the Arlington Community Archives for preservation and future research.

Learn more about 2020 Unboxed and how to submit donations to the COVID-19 Archives project.



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