City to Redeposit Time Capsule Tuesday

Ceremony Will Mark the End of City’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

Friday, January 10, 2014

On June 1, 1969, Virginia Beach City Manager Roger Scott wrote an open letter to the citizens of 2013. “The City of Virginia Beach today is a baby within this great Commonwealth, now only seven and one-half years of age,” he began. “We have made great strides in this short period, but we also realize that in reality we have only scratched the surface, for the potential of this area is unlimited.” He then placed the letter, along with pictures, newspapers and other artifacts, in a time capsule that was placed in the northwest cornerstone of City Hall.

That time capsule was opened in October 2013.


On Tuesday, Mayor William D. Sessoms, Jr. will deposit a new time capsule in City Hall, to be opened by the citizens of 2063 during Virginia Beach’s 100th anniversary celebration.


The ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, outside City Hall, near North Landing Road. Many former mayors, judges and city officials will attend. A reception will be held afterwards in the City Hall lobby. In case of rain, the ceremony will be held inside City Hall.


The public is invited to attend.


The following items were placed in the time capsule:



  • Mayor William D. Sessom’s
  • Sister Cities Association 50th Anniversary
  • “Shipmate” - Commanding Officer, Oceana Master Jet Base
  •  “Together We Serve” - Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story
  • “Face To the Force” - Naval Sea Systems Command



  • Three Letters from Mayor Williams D. Sessoms to his grandchildren
  • Letter from City Manager James K. Spore to City Manager of 2063



·         50-Year Pin – Convention and Visitors Bureau

·         City Seal

·         Virginia Beach Signature


  • “Walking Virginia Beach” by Katherine Jackson
  • “The Beach” A History of Virginia Beach, Virginia by the Virginia Beach Public Library
  • “Pungo Tale” by Rev. Walter A. Whitehurst



  • Consolidation Agreement for the City of Virginia Beach and Princess Anne County
  • Virginia Beach’s Mount Trashmore…A Lesson to Resourcefulness
  • Executive Orientation June 1, 2000
  • Business Cards – Ruth Fraser, City Clerk
  • Virginia Beach Government 2013
  • Virginia Beach City Public Schools - Compass to 2015 Strategic Plan
  • 50 Year’s Living the Life
  • Invitation to 2014 Time Capsule Ceremony/Reception
  • Invitation Response from Oral Lambert, former Chief of Staff for City  
  • Time Capsule Ceremony Guest List
  • Historical Background and CO Listing for the Dept. of the Navy Joint Expeditionary Base - Little Creek-Fort Story
  •  Jet Observer” August 2013 Edition [newspaper] from NAS Oceana Master Jet Base



Digital Media – (Blu-ray, Micro SD  and Thumb Drive)


  • 50th Anniversary Resolution 12/10/2013
  • 50th Anniversary Poster
  • Top City Accomplishments w/images
  • Community Profile – Economic Development
  • City Page - 2013 Accomplishments
  • Naval Surface Warfare Center – 1963-2013
  • Virginia Beach Public Health Department Community Profile

·         Volunteer Council 2013 Annual Report

·         Original City Hall Building Plans (Thumb Drive)



  • Cavalier Hotel Historical Slide Show /Images
  • Library Archives
  • Virginia Beach Imagery
    • Attractions, icons and general imagery of the city
    • Members of City Council, City Manager, City Clerk and former Mayor Meyera E. Oberndorf


  • Aerial of Virginia Beach 2013
  • 50th Anniversary Interviews
  • Greetings from City Officials and Leaders to Citizens in 2063


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