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Charlottesville Holds Time Capsule Ceremony

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The city of Charlottesville was officially chartered 250 years ago. To celebrate that moment in history, the community came together Sunday to place a time capsule that captures their experience for future generations to uncover. 

City councilors, staff, and community members gathered outside the McIntire Building to watch as the 2012 time capsule was sealed.  Yearbooks from city schools, letters from officials, and Larry Sabato's crystal ball predictions for 2062 politics are some of the items locked in the capsule.

Nothing was actually buried to mark Charlottesville's birthday because of how poorly the 1962 time capsule fared underground. Instead, the city held an enshrinement ceremony to preserve this newest bit of history.  The time capsule will be kept in the McIntire Building.

This was the second time capsule ceremony for one audience member who emphasized the importance of these historic events.

"Preserving history is important for everybody because if we don't appreciate where we came from, the way people did before us that made a path for us, we'd be sort of out in the cold," said Edwin Roseberry, who attended the 1962 capsule burial. "I think it's a nice thing to look back at family and people and get things that made it easy for us today."

The ceremony was the culmination of all the "Celebrate 250" events held throughout this past year. There was also a book at the ceremony for guests to sign and it will be added to the capsule.

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