Planning Your Time Capsule Event in Uncertain Times

Time Capsule Event Planning


How do you choose an event date when the future event's timing is uncertain? These days sometimes the date of the current event is uncertain. Indeed, how do you plan or even choose wording that will be correct and not wrong for something as permanent as a plaque? Well, it just has to work. There are several ways to approach what you need to do.




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Understanding Plaque Specifications

Plaque Specifications ExplainedThings to Specify for Formed Metal Plaques

Some things we just can’t help you with. You will need to make decisions that only you can make.Where you place your plaque, for instance, is up to you.

We can help you by showing you what others have done, and we do that in articles in this blog (such as the Hollywood Time Capsule article) and our gallery, of course, for both aluminum plaques and bronze plaques.

But because to order a bronze plaque, or to order an aluminum one, you need to specify other things that are detailed and likely unfamiliar to you, we thought an article might help. Check out specs for plaque borders, plaque background colors and textures here. We can definitely help you understand the differences in various choices. This article attempts to do that by using a few of the more common specs that you can choose for plaque things.
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Go Colorful with a Green Plaque

Green Plaque ExampleColorful Green Plaques

Yes. You need to mark the placement of your time capsule so that future folks will know where to find it! But you don't need to keep the color to black or dark brown.

Now, for a background color, why not consider green? This article shows some examples of green plaques for both bronze and aluminum plaque materials. We show you some borders and textures as well as the green. Go green today!

This Les Johnson plaque is a good example of a Bronze Plaque with a Dark Green color background.

All of our plaques have a lifetime guarantee. Start with your choice of an aluminum or bronze material. That will be the color of the material showing through for your raised lettering and logo. Read on for how to make the best choice that will last a lifetime.
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A Hollywood Time Capsule Story

Hollywood Memories

A Hollywood Time Capsule Story

Washington Mutual hosted a Hollywood Time Capsule event in January 2004. About 100 persons and celebrities attended. But you would never guess the secret that was buried beneath the bank company's concrete pathway! See this post for that answer, and also a great how to for installing a plaque properly onto wet cement.

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Plaques Hot Off the Foundry Floor

Bank of ND Plaque WordingHot Off the Foundry Floor

What a plaque says is important. The plaque lasts a lifetime or more, and the message is practically forever. Whether you choose an aluminum plaque or a bronze one, consider your message first.

Your plaque not only identifies you and your project, but it presents and promotes your message for a long time. What information should your plaque include?

Most plaques identify a name or organization, the reason for an event (often, the phrase TIME CAPSULE), date of event (or time capsule placement or dedication), and date of intended opening of the time capsule. It is popular to also put a logo, tag line or phrase if there is enough space. Read on for some examples of what others have said on their plaques.
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Eli Lilly Time Capsule 2003

Eli Lilly Time Capsule All Done

Eli Lilly's Time Capsule Plaza

Photos from Eli Lilly show an interesting placement idea for time capsule containers. The Eli Lilly Time Capsule measures 12" x 12" x 14" and they gathered their items in 2003. They placed their time capsule in 2004 at their Time Capsule Plaza in Lafayette, Indiana. Photos show some challenges that they succeeded in hurdling when they finally buried the capsule below the boulder. The capsule is secured beneath the boulder. Although today (in 2017) Eli Lilly is no longer located there, it is now Evonics, and the time capsule is still there. The owners intend to be faithful to the opening instructions, and some of the same people who were at Eli Lilly are still at the new company.

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Cheap Time Capsules and Crowded Plaques - You Just Can't Have It Both Ways

Standard Time Capsule and Outdoor Plaque

Why You Can't Have It Both Ways

Whether you are racking your brains to find the perfect Time Capsule Container, or trying to fit 1,000 words onto a 5x7" Cast or Outdoor Plaque, know this: you can't have it both ways. That is to say, you can't spend NO money on a time capsule container and have the best protection for your items. And you can't choose the smallest plaque and throw so many words on it that it just doesn't fit. That being said...we have some recommendations for you, and ways you can save money without compromising quality.

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Wording Ideas for Plaques & Engraving

Bronze Plaque 12x8Wording Ideas for Plaques and Engraving

What wording is best on a time capsule plaque? What wording do you use for engraving a time capsule? What is the difference between engraving a time capsule and making a time capsule memorial plaque?

The answer to all these will vary because it is ultimately up to you to provide that all important message to the future. But here we share some of the many engraved time capsules and time capsule plaques we've provided.

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Metal Plaque or Engraving?

Engraved Time CapsuleMetal Plaque vs Engraving?

You don’t place a time capsule every day. So, when you do, it’s good to know what you want and what you need. Do you need a plaque? Do you need the time capsule lid to be engraved? Or do you want both? This article discusses the difference between the two methods of getting your time capsule message out there. While the time capsule is your real message to the future, how do you identify it and what you want done with it?
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How to Size a Simple Plaque

8x10 Aluminum Plaque with LogoHow to Size a Simple Plaque

Art requirements for outdoor quality metal plaques are not the same as for print projects. You need to allow for spacing in between letters and lines. In this article, we discuss a quick way to figure the size of your plaque using the words you wish to put on it. We also include a few other helpful hints for you to know when you order either the cast aluminum plaque or the cast bronze plaque!

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When Your Elementary School Celebrates 100 Years

Mitchell Elementary Time Capsule Dedication

Mitchell Celebrates 100 with Time Capsule & Plaque

Time capsules help 100 Year Old Elementary Schools such as Henry Mitchell Elementary in Tampa have history and make it, too. So what do you do when your school celebrates a whopping 100 years? On February 22, 2015, the school held its Centennial Celebration with an ice cream social and dedication of the time capsule and plaque to mark the event.

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