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The State Historical Society of Missouri is working to develop a bicentennial time capsule with a goal to collect items that document Missouri's past, present and future — and the Historical Society is asking for the public's help with this project.

Organizations, institutions, businesses, and local and state government agencies in Missouri are invited to participate by contributing three items: one to represent their past, one to represent their present and a note to future Missourians.

Items should measure no larger than 8.5 by 14 inches — no larger than legal-size paper — and be no more than a quarter-inch thick combined. All submissions should be in printed form, not electronic.

An online registration form is required for all submissions. Items should be mailed to the following address: The State Historical Society of Missouri, Attn: Time Capsule, 605 Elm St., Columbia, MO, 65201.

All participants will be notified of their successful submission and receive a certificate for participating in the time capsule. Contributions will be accepted through Aug. 10, 2021.

An event to commemorate the time capsule will be Aug. 27, 2021, in St. Louis.

Once sealed, the time capsule will be housed at the State Historical Society of Missouri until Aug. 10, 2046, when it will be reopened and shared with the public 25 years later.

Under the Missouri 2021 banner, the State Historical Society of Missouri is coordinating a bicentennial commemoration in collaboration with local and statewide entities. The mission of Missouri 2021 is to promote a better understanding of Missouri and its regions, communities and people — past and present.

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