Time Capsule III

A time capsule was buried in 1967 by a junior high youth group at Jason Lee Methodist Church in Salem, Oregon, USA.  This page documents the recovery of the time capsule (October 4th, 2020) and the analysis of the contents. 

Discovery process

I remembered the burial process as I helped my parents (group leaders) during the burial process.  Over the years, I remembered the event and wondered if anything had happened to the time capsule.  A few years ago, I began trying to contact the church officials, but got no response from emails or phone voicemail messages.  The church has gone through several ownership changes over the years, and the current sign shows the name as LAS NACIONES Iglesia Metodista Unida.  The present sign is different from the sign I remembered (much bigger) so I contacted the Salem building permit division and was helped to find the group who obtained the sign permit.  That company helped me contact a church official who had interest in my quest.


Jason Lee Church sign



 On October 4th, I met Arturo at the church.  We used a pair of metal detectors to locate the buried time capsule.  The metal container had rusted through and the top lifted off as part of the removal process.


  Metal Detectors

First View


Bottom of container

Top view

note inside



I found my mom's notebook of this event, which contained background information along with a list of the contents and the participants.  This was invaluable during the documentation process, since the paper items were no longer useful (other than determining their origins).  Here is the PDF of the notebook, along with PDFs of the paper items in the time capsule.


note inside

view Time Capsule III Notebook PDF

Notebook Contents List:



                                                Copy of Good News for Modern Man   

Good News for Modern Man


Copy of Good News for Modern Man

view Aug 5th 1967 newspaper PDF



Car Life Magazine

View August 1967 Car Life Magazine PDF

Mad Magazine

View Mad Magazine

Olson Electronics catalog

view Olson Electronics, Inc. catalog example PDF

Time Magazine

view August 4, 1967 Time Magazine

Freak Out USA

view Freakout U. S. A. PDF

TIGERBEAT magazine



 Cans and stuff

Cans and Good News


Here is the reason why the name "Time Capsule III was used"

and the location of time capsules I and II

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