Sen. Claire Wilson, members of Federal Way City Council, King County Council member Pete von Reichbauer, and other local leaders pose for a photo with the dedicated time capsule plaque. Olivia Sullivan/the Mirror

Sen. Claire Wilson, members of Federal Way City Council, King County Council member Pete von Reichbauer, and other local leaders pose for a photo with the dedicated time capsule plaque. Olivia Sullivan/the Mirror

Hello from 2020: Federal Way’s time capsule to be buried soon

Mayor Jim Ferrell hosted a dedication ceremony on Friday, Nov. 6.

Pieces of Federal Way’s history from 2020 will soon be buried in Town Square Park, where they will remain in the city’s time capsule for 30 years.

Mayor Jim Ferrell hosted a dedication ceremony for the time capsule on Nov. 6. The outdoor ceremony welcomed more than 50 community members, politicians, local leaders, contributors and more.

“On the 30th anniversary of the City of Federal Way, it is only fitting to not only reflect and document the last 30 years of our city, but to also communicate with our future residents 30 years in the future,” Ferrell said.

The time capsule is a 5 foot-long and 22.5 inch-deep cement vault that will soon be filled with artifacts from the city, such as the first-ever Pride Flag, a construction helmet from Sound Transit, the Federal Way Mirror’s Nov. 6 front page, along with notes and donations from local residents and dozens more contributions.

Friday’s dedication ceremony was held on the plaza outside of the Performing Arts and Event Center near the Town Center Steps, which will also be the site of the capsule’s plaque. The capsule itself will be buried in an undisclosed location in Town Square Park below.

The time capsule can also be considered a time machine, Ferrell said, and will be “an enthusiastic ‘hello,’” from 2020.

A key force behind the “time machine” is Diana Noble-Guilford, president of the volunteer-run Federal Way Historical Society. She helped advocate for and organize the local groups to be represented, along with assembly and preservation of artifacts.

“Our mission statement is to preserve our history for future generations, and that is exactly what this time capsule does,” Noble-Guilford said, noting the importance of documenting the year 2020 — already a historical year in itself.


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@federalwaymirror.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.federalwaymirror.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

Federal Way Historical Society President Diana Noble-Guilford speaks at the Nov. 6 event. Olivia Sullivan/the Mirror

Federal Way Historical Society President Diana Noble-Guilford speaks at the Nov. 6 event. Olivia Sullivan/the Mirror

Mayor Jim Ferrell holds the time capsule plaque on Nov. 6. Olivia Sullivan/the Mirror

Mayor Jim Ferrell holds the time capsule plaque on Nov. 6. Olivia Sullivan/the Mirror

More in News

Blotter
Man tied up, kidnapped near Gateway Center | Police blotter

Following is a sample from the Federal Way police log Nov. 18-23

Sage Viniconis is a career performing artist in King County who’s been out of work and seeking creative outlets during the COVID-19 pandemic. Courtesy photo/Sage Viniconis
Puget Sound artists adapt creativity, and business sense, to pandemic

Artists Sunday is an online directory that connects artists across the county, state and nation.

File photo
Snow Lake, located near Snoqualmie Pass in Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.
Washington releases new forest plan

It outlines ways the state will protect and maintain forest health.

World Vision Corporate Engagement Director Samantha King, left, and Chip-in Founder Gerald Smiley pause for a photo while providing turkeys, fresh food kits, PPE and school supplies to more than 300 local families at Federal Way High School on Nov. 23. Olivia Sullivan/the Mirror
Fundraiser leads to 300 turkeys for Federal Way families

Former MLB player, World Vision partner to provide turkeys, resources

King County Council has nine members who each represent a district. Courtesy of kingcounty.gov
King County Council passes $12.59 billion biennial budget

King County Council on Nov. 17 passed a $12.59 billion biennial budget… Continue reading

Blotter
Victims robbed at gunpoint over iPhone sale | Police blotter

Following is a sample from the Federal Way police log Nov. 11-17

Seven cities in South King County have a contract with the SCORE (South Correctional Entity) jail in Des Moines. Courtesy photo
Federal Way considers returning to SCORE jail

After departure finalized in Jan.2020, new possible contract city agreement would result in three inmate beds for approximately $128 per day.

Federal Way City Council member Linda Kochmar. Photo courtesy city of Federal Way
Councilmember Kochmar wins 2020 Elected Women of Excellence Award

Award given by the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL)

Most Read