Time Capsule

Mira Borrego, 10, Finna Halsey, 12, Joy Hayashida-Ludington, 10, and and Anna Baxter, 10, bury a time capsule Nov. 2 at St. John’s Episcopal Church. The capsule contains letters to the future selves, photos and other mementos. Their book group will unearth the capsule in five years.

“COVID be darned — it’s not gonna take our book club away!” cried Nanci Turner Steveson as her parent-daughter book club prepared to bury a time capsule on Nov. 2 at St. John’s Episcopal Church.

Though they have held their monthly meetings virtually since March, Oct. 26 was the first time in months club members had met in person, inspired to capture the pandemic atmosphere after reading a book called “The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise,” in which a family buries a time capsule.

“We were talking about, you know, what will we think in five years about the pandemic,” Turner Steveson said, “and so then we read that book and we thought, ‘Let’s do a time capsule.‘”

The group filled a plastic box, with the words “TIME CAPSULE” on one side and “READ” on the other, with letters to their future selves, photos, a toilet paper roll, hand sanitizer, a ski pass, a church bulletin and a copy of the Jackson Hole Daily, all secured inside by turquoise duct tape.

“Everyone in my family wrote me a letter in five years,” said Finna Halsey, 12. “And then we just got a Ruth Bader Ginsburg sticker to put in it to remind of that part of the time. And then I have a tracing of my hand and a few pictures of me and my dog."

Read the full News&Guide story to learn about the group’s predictions and hopes for 2025, the year they’ll open the capsule.

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Contact Danielle at djohnson@jhnewsandguide.com or 732-5901.

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