Riverside, California 2021-08-04 08:00:41 –
On July 6, 1991, the Texas State Aquarium held a rally to celebrate its first anniversary.
The celebration focused on the previous year, but the aquarium staff left something for the future: a time capsule.
The time capsule, buried just behind the current ticket office, is locked under a bronze ornament with the words “Scheduled to open on July 6, 2021”.
“Everyone knew that a time capsule was there, but for a long time I didn’t think much about it,” said Tom Schmidt, CEO of Texas State Aquarium. “I think expectations started to rise as the date approached. Certainly this year was pretty focused.”
After the capsule was first opened on July 6, the aquarium visited Facebook to showcase what it found in its weekly “Time Capsule Tuesday” series.
Jennifer Vera, vice president of sales and marketing for the aquarium, said no one on the staff knew what the capsule was and was shocked to see what was inside.
“Many of the items in the capsule were’first’,” Vera said. “So, since it was the first year of the aquarium, many items represent the first individual to achieve in their field.”
The “Famous Texas First” items included in the capsule include: A patch of the original lawn of the Astrodome, Texas’s first dome-shaped stadium. Nolan Ryan’s autographed baseball, the first pitcher to throw seven no-hitters. Autographed photo of Dr. Denton Cooley, the first heart transplanter in Texas. A letter from former San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros, the first Hispanic mayor of a major city in Texas. A coffee mug signed by Dan Morales, the first Hispanic to win a constitutionally mandated state-wide office.
Other items found in the capsule were a photo of the day the capsule was buried and a copy of Corpus Christi Caller from the day the aquarium received funding for the construction.
“From my point of view, I was a little surprised by some of the things that weren’t directly tied to the aquarium at first,” Schmidt said. “I think this only shows a wide range of supporters involved in this program.”
When the time capsule was opened, Schmidt said he was surprised to see everything enclosed in the duct tape HEB cooler. Due to packaging, some items have suffered severe flood damage over the years.
“(All conditions) we didn’t know,” Schmidt said. “Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn’t.”
According to Schmidt, the aquarium has talked about releasing time capsule items in the future.
“There’s a lot of archive material here,” Schmidt said. “We have a lot of material curated by aquarium staff over the years and would like to include some of the (time capsules) in it. I hope it will be on display at some point in the future. “
The aquarium talked about adding a new time capsule to the new wildlife rescue center. Breakthrough At the end of July.
For more information on time capsules, visit Texas State Aquarium. Facebook page.
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