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TIME CAPSULES

Crypt of Civilization, in Atlanta, Georgia, is to be opened in the year 8113! See the entire inventory of this HUGE time capsule. arrow

MONTHLY HIGHLIGHTS

arrow January 1

Handsel Monday

According to Scottish custom, the first Monday of the new year was the time to give children and servants a small gift called a handsel. Such gifts, regardless of their size or value, were thought to bring good luck. This New Year's custom was popular from the 14th through the 19th centuries. It also referred to a gift given to mark any new situation-such as moving into a new home-and not just the new year.

arrow January 24, 1848

Eureka

Gold! On January 24, 1848, gold was discovered at Sutter's Mill, California, and the gold rush of 1849 began. Gold-mad pioneers traveled west to search on John Sutter's land for the precious ore. Very few prospectors ever found the stuff of their dreams, but Sutter's cattle were killed and his lands trampled. Finally, he moved back to Pennsylvania, a ruined and disillusioned man.

In the past, sheep trimmed the White House lawn!


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