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The Crypt of Civilization

by Chris Schroder

In the year A.D. 8113, the world will be reintroduced to Lincoln Logs, Budweiser, voice recordings of Franklin Roosevelt and Popeye, and much more when the Crypt of Civilization is opened.

Housed at Oglethorpe University, the crypt was the brainchild of Dr. Thornwell Jacobs, “the father of the modern time capsule,” in 1936.

The capsule was sealed in a ceremony broadcast on WSB Radio in 1940, and has been featured in The New York Times, Associated Press and on CNN and NPR. Jacobs envisioned the compilation as a museum of the last 6,000 years with an emphasis on 1930s culture.

– Mark C. McDonald, Georgia Trust

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