Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Time Capsules

Time CapsuleWith the 2009 coming on strong I've been busily updating family albums and organizing video files. Several years ago we made a family time capsule and while they're not an unusual thing to make we did things a little differently.

For our time capsule we collected pictures and tokens from each of us but we also did an audio record of our family.

We took a cassette recorder (obviously this dates us) and brought it around to various activities to capture on tape. These weren't fancy events, we taped everyday things that we normally don't bother recording on film or paper and it was fun.

Just recording children's cute little voices makes such a sweet souvenir--not only for a time capsule but for relatives far away. If this idea appeals to you here are some things you might record:

  • children telling their favorite joke
  • a favorite poem or short story
  • a song
  • dinner conversation
  • the conversation driving to school in the morning
  • a letter to a loved one
  • the headlines on the day's news
  • a list of "favorites"
Get them on tape (or rather on CD) and tuck it away. The only question is: what kind of recording devices will be in use 30 years down the road?

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17 comments:

Michemily said...

That's a great idea for a time capsule. I did one once, but it was kind of disappointing when I opened it a few years later.

CWDkids said...

What a fun idea! Years later, children will surely love their capsule when they see and listen to what has been saved.

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Mary Avinger said...

This is a great idea and I really like the idea of preserving voices. Using tapes might have dated you, but they are the better choice for storage. Some CD-Rs only have a lifespan of 2-5 years. So in 30 years you might have a hard time tracking down a tape player, but the data will still probably exist.

The Source said...

This is a fun idea. We recorded out oldest at age 2...so sweet. Too bad we used a micro cassette at the time and now we don't have any way to play it. :) Ditto on the miles of vhs tape...and no vcr to play them on.

Jenny86753oh9 said...

I've done the voice recording for our boys. Re-recorded them on the computer as a .wav file and then stored them on a flash drive.

Kristen M. said...

We did this once with my husband's podcast equipment (recorded the kids saying their "catch phrases"). Thanks for the reminder to do it again! My kids also love to make videos with the PhotoBooth application on the Mac. It's easy enough for them to do on their own so they are more spontaneous than if I were directing and filming them myself.

Courtney said...

what a great idea!

Flea said...

Ah! Ah! I lived in Fredericksburg, VA as a new mom! It's beautiful! Happy NutriSystem to her!

Patois said...

One of my fondest possessions is a digital recording of my oldest singing Twinkle, Twinkle when he was almost 2. Love that idea.

cndymkr / jean said...

How often do you review these time capsules? Do you wait 1 year or more? It sounds like a fantastic idea. I think I'll try it. Thanks.

chelle said...

With an apple you can record them with Garage Band and save it as an mp3.

sarah said...

That sounds like an excellent idea! My kids at 10 & 11 would love pulling something like together.

Thanks for the suggestion.

noreen said...

I remember a post from a long time ago about your sister's neighbors offering a basket ball hoop and then she never saw them again. Did she ever find out what happen to them?

Janelle said...

As far as the audio clip is concerned, if you record it on a cassette, you should keep a walkman in the time capsule (battery-free), or a CD player, or whatever. That way you can make sure to be able to play it back in however many years.

Summer said...

My mom used to send audio tapes to the grandparents to update them. I have some that were never sent and some that were made just for us. There is one of me singing my favorite song when I was 5 and I treasure it!

Dree said...

Congrats to the NutriSystem winners. I am super jealous. You all will lose so much weight.

Janet said...

That's a great idea. Maybe you could include the cassette recorder in the time capsule, just in case there aren't any around in 30 years!