County commissioner wants to keep history alive

Published 6:22 pm Friday, January 13, 2017

NEDERLAND — Time may not be kept in a bottle but it can be kept in a capsule.

Brent Weaver, Precinct 2 county commissioner, will introduce a resolution for possible approval for a Jefferson County Time Capsule at the regular meeting of the commissioners court at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at the Jefferson County Courthouse, 1149 Pearl St. in Beaumont.

The resolution reads Weaver collected information and items related to Jefferson County for the purpose of safeguarding those items and information for generations to come and see and enjoy as well as learn from.

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The Dedicated Time Capsule contains items and information related to Jefferson County, cities, school districts, county departments and elected officials who have contributed.

The time capsule will be displayed in the front lobby of Precinct 2 for the people of Jefferson County to be officially opened on Dec. 15, 2066.

“It’s a long process,” he said. “I researched this. I discussed the idea with Linda McMahen of the Jefferson County Historical Commission and she assisted us in putting together a plan and the process.”

“I talked to others and their time capsules are buried in the ground. Over time moisture would come into the time capsule and destroy items such as papers and photographs.”

To remedy that the Jefferson County Dedicated Time Capsule is enclosed in a PVC pipe that is a large tube with caps on both ends. It’s displayed in an enclosed glass case cabinet. The tube has also been painted.

Weaver said having the capsule above ground will better protect it. The cabinet is portable and can be moved in case of storm.

He started speaking to different departments in 2014. Some of the items in the capsule include magazines from school districts, brochures, signed business cards, baby jars with road construction material inside of them and how much the material cost so future generations can compare.

There are also patches from different organizations, signed letterheads, newspapers, a “Texas Monthly,” books about cities, telephone books, 911 street maps, a dollar bill and different coins, a DVD about county government and emergency management material.

The time capsule was put up in Weaver’s office last month.

“I have always been interested in history, especially Jefferson County history. If you come to my office and visit our front office you will see many photos of Jefferson County history as well as the many photos reflecting the history of Precinct 2 and all our community service to the people of Precinct 2 as well as activities we are involved in with our community,” he said.

“Lastly, we needed to decide how long to seal the capsule after discussing this with the Historical Commission we decided the longer the better. So we decided on 50 years.”

Weaver said the purpose for doing such a project is to safeguard these items and information for generations to come to see and enjoy as well as learn from as well.

He added that he hopes to see it opened one day.

“I will be 100 years old not sure if I will be here to see it opened but I will do my best,” Weaver said.

David Ball: 409-721-2427