The Oldest and Largest Time Capsule in the World

The Crypt of Civilization is the oldest and largest millennial time capsule in the world. In 1936, detailed plans were executed to build an extraordinary time capsule– one designed to store records for over 6,000 years, done on what could perhaps be described as an epic scale never before conceived. The visionary of this improbable quest was Oglethorpe University president Dr. Thornwell Jacobs, who has been called “the father of the modern time capsule.” He was convinced that his generation could be the first to provide for future historians a thorough and accurate record of life in the 20th century. It was sealed at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Ga., on May 28, 1940 and is not to be opened until May 28, 8113. There’s no gold, jewelry or other items of value inside, and while no one can go inside, they can visit the sealed stainless steel door.