Time capsule opening

The Helium Time Columns building in Texas.

At The Helium Time Columns Monument in Amarillo, Texas, the 50-year time capsule will be opened this year. This building not only commemorates the discovery of helium, but also serves as a time capsule. In 1968, an assortment of time capsules were placed in the building to be opened in 25, 50, 100 and 1,000 years. This year the 50-year time capsule will now be opened.

The monument has four time capsule columns that hold books, artifacts and documents. These artifacts and other things will tell future generations what life was like in 1968. May 1993 was when the first time capsule was opened. It was a two-day celebration. The 50-year capsule gets opened this year, and the remaining two in future years, assuming the world hasn’t run out of natural resources and people left to open them. They aren’t on display but they remain at the Don Harrington Discovery Center. Amarillo, Texas, was selected as the site for the monument because of the city’s connection with helium. We don’t think of helium as being anything unique, but back then it was assumed to be an extraterrestrial gas that could not exist on earth.

It will be opened on Sept. 29, 2018. Many people are certain that the best is yet to come. The 1,000 year time capsule contains a bank passbook to an account that started with a $10 deposit. The Helium Centennial Time Columns Monument was built in honor of the 100th year anniversary of the discovery of helium.