Charleston, W.Va. – Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant sealed a time capsule today as West Virginia celebrated its sesquicentennial, with instructions that it not be opened until June 20, 2063.
“The items inside this time capsule show how the Secretary of State’s Office go about their day to day duty, and will hopefully help West Virginians fifty years from now understand us a little bit better,” Secretary Tennant said. “I am very hopeful for the future of West Virginia, just as I am extremely proud of our past. I hope when this time capsule is opened on the day of our bicentennial that the people of this state can look back on the challenges we face today as examples of times that we made the best decisions for all of the citizens of West Virginia.
“Imagine if the Secretary of State’s Office had sealed a time capsule on June 20, 1963 and how exciting it would be to open it up. It is my hope that there is as much excitement in 2063 when this is opened as there is today as we seal it.”
The large time capsule, which contains items such as state code books, pictures of the Secretary of State’s Office, “modern” technology such as an iPhone, a poster of current legislators, and items that mark West Virginia’s sesquicentennial. The time capsule will be locked and stored in a vault in the Secretary of State’s Office at the State Capitol.
Joining Secretary Tennant at the event was former Secretary of State Hike Heiskell and Gayle Manchin, wife of former Secretary of State and current US Senator Joe Manchin.
Secretary Tennant enclosed a letter to the citizens of West Virginia. In that letter, Secretary Tennant wrote: “The one thing that has been constant over the first 150 years of our statehood is the people that call West Virginia home. What I am sure will never change is the hospitality of our people and our willingness to work hard. I wish you the best of luck in the future and urge you to remember that Mountaineers always are, always have been, and always will be free.”