The year was 1995. Bill Clinton was in the White House. The trial of O.J. Simpson was captivating the nation. Martina McBride was set to headline Rockville’s Hometown Holidays and James Coyle was the city’s mayor.

And in May, a time capsule bearing hopes and wishes from residents of the time was buried at the Rockville Senior Center, with plans that it would be unearthed in May 2020, 25 years on from when it was placed.

“Within the capsule the citizens of Rockville, Maryland, have placed messages and memorabilia for future generations to view,” a plaque adorning a stone marking the capsule’s location reads today.

The plan is still to unearth that capsule at the appointed time, but staff at the Senior Center need to know which items to return to whom. Envelopes handed out at the time were used to donate items. Receipts that were issued were to be redeemed for the items when the capsule was dug up.

If you have a receipt ticket, or believe a loved one may have put something in the capsule for you to retrieve, please contact the Rockville Senior Center at or 240-314-8800.