The Museum of the History of Yekaterinburg (MIE) began packing the things that Yekaterinburg residents proposed to put in a time capsule. The content will include material artifacts – official information about the city, messages from the authorities, as well as gigabytes of digital information. One of the first witnesses to the packaging was a URA.RU correspondent.
“Some of the items were donated by Sverdlovsk Governor Evgeny Kuyvashev and Yekaterinburg Mayor Alexey Orlov, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Lyudmila Babushkina and Director of Uralkhimmash Tamara Kobaladze. The items they provide will represent them and the positions they hold. There will also be a certain set of official documentation, like last time (reports on the socio-economic development of the city), two volumes of the republished Yekaterinburg encyclopedia with a block of maps,” said museum director Igor Pushkarev. In addition, the shortcomings of the ancestors will be taken into account – a file of letters with very small print will appear in the reservoir, mentioning the names and surnames of the townspeople and wishes to descendants in electronic form.
As Pushkarev explained, when filling the capsule they tried to maintain the concept – to present the city as if it were a living person. “There are items related to the 300th anniversary of Yekaterinburg and reflecting how we celebrated the anniversary. But the most important thing that makes me happy is that there will be a selection of objects and messages that partially reflect ourselves and different areas of our lives – the economy, culture, environment, as well as what we use in everyday life,” explained the head of IIE.
Pushkarev did not disclose the contents in detail. This was done at the request of the residents of Yekaterinburg, who were interviewed before the final formation of the sarcophagus. The townspeople expressed the wish that some of the contents remain a secret for posterity. But for now it is known that inside the metal cylinder will be more than 20 items from citizens, VIPs and local businesses.
The new capsule will be laid underground on the afternoon of November 18, and everyone will be welcome at the gala event. However, the closure of the reservoir will take place on November 15 in a closed format in the presence of guests from the administration and the Sverdlovsk government.
The 1973 tank was removed on August 18 and opened 12 days later. Inside there were a large number of books, newspapers, souvenirs and a letter; the contents of the capsule partially coincided with the previously published list. Later, Pushkarev explained that some of the things might not have been put in due to the policies of the Communist Party. After the opening, an exhibition with the contents of the capsule was opened at the MIE.