The 1971 Time Capsule has been OPENED!

The unearthing of the 1971 time capsule Sunday at the Court House was quite the event. Couldn’t have asked for better weather and the entire program was well done and attended by many. Interesting items – personal letters, flags, maps, a phone book, and more.

Larry Hatteburg and Annette Lawless (KAKE CH 10) were the emcees, it was great to have them here for the event. Some water damage to some of the capsule’s contents but given time to dry, will hopefully be readable, etc. The plan is for the county to process the materials (dry, archive, etc.) and then get the materials to the families involved. They will, in some form, eventually be displayed at the Chisholm Trail Museum.

For those that have been around Wellington a while, many of the names associated with the time capsule contents were a trip down memory lane. It was a fine event, a county-wide event, including Belle Plaine, Oxford, Argonia, Conway Springs, Caldwell, and South Haven. City officials from many of those communities were present for the event.

A new time capsule will be buried October 9, 2021, not to be unearthed until 2071. Someone other than I, will update you on that event when it occurs!


Author: Steve Sturgis

Steve graduated from Wellington High School in 1974 and then Wichita State University (with honors) in 1979 with a B.S. Degree in Administration of Justice; his minor was in Sociology. Steve has held several positions ranging from Juvenile Court Service Officer, to District Manager in Circulation at the Wichita Eagle, Q.A. Planner at Boeing, Caregiver, Psychiatric Technician, Limo Driver, Ranch Hand, Photographer, Webmaster and Website Developer and a die hard Crusader Fan since the early 1960's. Contact the ole boy at or on Facebook or at any Crusader event year-round.