UNION CITY — Brian Maynard held up two empty quart jars and smiled.
The president of the Union City Area Historical Society is hoping those glass containers soon will be filled with memories for a future generation to enjoy.
As part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the Union City Area Historical Museum, the society is selling the jars for $5 each. People are then asked to fill the jars with messages or mementos and bring them back to the museum.
The jars will be stored at the museum and opened when the museum celebrates its 75th year in 2039.
“We’re asking people to create a personal time capsule and leave something for people in the future,” Maynard said.
The purpose is to make people aware of how much things change in a short period of time.
“We want everyone to know how we got to where we are,” Maynard said.
The jars will be placed into three categories:
• Jars may be designated to be opened only by a certain named person, such as a grandchild or family member.
• Jars may be designated to be auctioned off at the opening ceremony.
• Jars may be designated to become property of the museum and historical society.
Suggested items are pictures, letters, newspaper articles, personal items, thumb drives, items with local business logos or dated items like coins or stamps.
“If you have a grandchild, and you won’t be around for his or her graduation or marriage, put in a picture with a letter,” Maynard said. “Or you can send a message to someone you don’t know.”
Jars may be purchased at the museum at 11 S. Main St. during open hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays, Thursday and Saturdays. They also will be available at the museum’s 50th annual open house on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.