WAMPSVILLE – It just might be the Madison County libraries that will change the most in the next hundred years, county Historian Matthew Urtz said Monday, June 4, shortly after reinserting a time capsule into a wall at the county courthouse in Wampsville.

A DVD video about the offerings of the various libraries in the county is one of many items collected to represent our era in the time capsule. Urtz said he expected the workings of the libraries to be the most stunning change between now and when the time capsule is next opened a century from now, although he expected the technology behind the DVD itself to still be playable to those future county residents.

“We did a lot of research on the technology to use, and we chose that as the most likely to be usable 100 years from now,” Urtz said. “We can still get records from 1909.”

Urtz and Madison County Board of Supervisors Chairman John Becker met with the press and the public that morning for a look at the many items chosen for the time capsule. There was also a door knob removed from the courthouse with the county log on it, some hops samples, a figurine from H. P. Hood, a letter from Oneida Nation Representative Ray Halbritter, and two copies each of the three newspapers left in Madison County.

Photos of county officials were included, and many wrote letters to their future counterparts. Local schools submitted items to represent themselves, and the Madison County Historical Society also got in on the project. A bottle of whiskey and – conveniently – a shot glass will also be found when the time capsule is opened. Adam and Aaron Carvell of Old Home Distillers in Lebanon stole the spotlight that morning as the donors of the bottle of whiskey, which was wrapped in multiple layers to make sure someone in the future could enjoy that 100-plus-year-old beverage.

“We asked everybody to come up with their own ideas about what to put in the time capsule,” Urtz said.

Becker said he hopes the county officials who open the time capsule will have a good sense of the Madison County of 2018.

“The history of who we are and what we came from is just as important as where we are going,” he said.