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Children sought to be time capsule ‘keepers’

Washington is preparing to celebrate its 125th anniversary during a ceremony on Nov. 11 in the Capitol.

In 1989, the state’s centennial, 10-year-olds across Washington were recruited as the “keepers” of the year’s time capsule.

The current keepers are seeking the next generation of children, born in Washington from Nov. 4-18, 2004, to apply, register, and become the next “keepers” of the Centennial Time Capsule. Registration closes Oct. 21.

“It’s a great honor, and we hope many eligible kids in Washington step up and apply so they can be part of our state’s special anniversary,” Secretary of State Kim Wyman said in a news release.

A ceremony will be held on the state’s 125th anniversary to swear in new keepers and open the capsule currently located in a safe near the Capitol.

The safe contains 16 capsules that will be filled with new items every 25 years. All of the capsules will be opened in 2389, Washington’s 500th anniversary.

The new keepers’ primary responsibility will be to remind state officials of the existence and location of the time capsule in 2039, when new mementos will be added.

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