Time Capsule of America

Our culture & core values

In this time capsule, the future generation of 2055 will learn all about the American core values that defined our great nation from the 1950's-2000's. The following images and text represent specific actions and values our country has demonstrated throughout time.

Equal Opportunity

The policy of treating employees and others without discrimination, especially on the basis of their sex, race, or age.

Selma: MLK March

Selma was a 5 day, 54 mile march led by the great Martin Luther King jr. On march 25th, 1965 he lead some thousands of black men and women to the steps of the capital of Alabama. He lead them here as a protest for the right of minorities, mainly black individuals to vote. After gathering the crowd at the capital he is quoted saying "There never was a moment in American history more honorable and more inspiring than the pilgrimage of clergymen and laymen of every race and faith pouring into Selma to face danger at the side of its embattled Negroes’’

Brown v.s. Board of Education

On May 17th, 1954, the supreme court made a ruling that would change the way we live our lives forever. For a long time black and white children were segregated into 2 different schools and school systems under the notion that they were "separate but equal". But in the black schools the conditions were visibly worse, and it wasn't a fair opportunity for them. So after ruling that it was the states responsibility to ensure educational equality for all, segregation in schools was ended.

Civil Rights act of 1964

On July 2nd, 1964, president Lyndon B. Johnson signed one of the most important bills into law to date. The civil rights act of 1964 outlawed racial segregation in the United States completely. In addition to that, it stated that no one may be discriminated or denied an opportunity at employment based off of sex, race, or place of origin. This truly was a step in the direction of total equality and equal opportunity.

The American Dream (Material Comfort)

a life of personal happiness and material comfort as traditionally sought by individuals in the U.S.

Invention of the microwave oven

In the 1950's the idea of having a complete and luxurious home was standard for most Americans. Around this time many were beginning to buy cars, vacuums, and other extra household items. With the invention of the microwave oven in 1950, Americans had a new toy to go get. It was $1,300, or the average price of a new var back then.

First handheld calculator (1960's)

In December 1964, Pat Haggerty invented the first handheld calculator for personal use. Without this invention im sure plenty of us would have failed math courses.

Invention of the first video game (1970's)

In 1972, Nolan Bushnell created the first video game to be played on personal computers and at the arcade. Now known as Pong, it was a two player tennis game where you and another person would compete. It was revolutionary and paved the way for future video game makers.


the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment.

First space probe (1950's)

On October 4th, 1957 at 7:28pm, the first probe/satellite was launched into space. This was a great scientific achievement for the world, as it would later motivate us to explore the depths of space. Also it unknowingly started the "space race" between us and the Soviet Union.

First Photocopier

in 1955 Haloid xerox had invented the first photocopying machine for office use. However, the machine needed to undergo some re-tooling and later was re-released in 1958 with a single button mechanism.

Polio Vaccine

Back in the early 1900's Americans were forced to live in fear of degenerative muscle disease called Polio. There is no cure for the disease and there never has been, and thats why so many were scared. But on March 26,1953 Dr. Jonas Salk invented the first polio vaccine. A nationwide testing of the vaccine was launched in April 1954. The impact was dramatic; in 1955 there were 28,986 cases of polio in the U.S. and by 1957 there were 5,894.