Last call for teen capsule essays

Ridge Writers has issued the final call for essays for the Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert’s time capsule that will be buried as part of the city of Ridgecrest’s 50th anniversary celebration on Friday, Nov. 1.

Teens are invited to write about life in Ridgecrest today for a 2063 audience, paying special attention to describing things they have and do now and how they use them, for example “texting” and social media. Essays do not have to be long but must include the date and the author’s name and grade.

Younger residents who want to participate are asked to make 3 x 5-inch index cards, each with a photo of something in Ridgecrest that they don’t want to go away, and a description on the back: what it is, where it is and how they use it. The words may be typed and pasted on the card but may not exceed the dimensions of the card and must include the name and age of the young author.

“Kids really should get involved,” said Ridge Writers President Gary Hareland. “They’ll be around when the time capsule is opened on Nov. 1, 2063, and they’ll bring their children to the ceremony. Think how much more it will mean to them if their observations and memories are inside.

“By the way,” he added, “the essays will go into the capsule in three forms: print, on a CD and on a thumb drive. Call it our challenge to 2063. Will they be able to read a thumb drive or CD a half-century from now? Maybe. Maybe not. But paper will last.”

The deadline is Saturday, Oct. 19, and essays and index cards should be turned in to the Ridgecrest Branch Library. There is no charge for participating. To learn more call the library at 760-384-5870.

Story First Published: 2013-10-16