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Studies in Midwestern History

Authors

John R. Wunder

Document Type

Article

Abstract

Wintertime 1956 in New York City for Mari Sandoz was a time of reassessment. She had been thinking about a commitment she made, and it was time to meet it. She had agreed to compose predictions about American life for the next fifty years (from 1957 to 2007) that along with at least 57 others would be placed in a time capsule and stored in the cornerstone of the building that housed KETV in downtown Omaha.

Sandoz typed up her predictions on her typewriter in her relatively new apartment and entitled the five double-spaced pages "December, 2006 A.D." and sent it off. The time capsule was to be opened and shared with the public in the next century in 2007 and without much fanfare, the capsule was dug out and made available. Of course, Sandoz kept copies of her predictions, and they can be found today in the Sandoz Archives at Chadron State College.

This brief paper "encapsulates" two aspects of this event, examining the context in which Sandoz created her predictions and exploring the predicitions themselves.

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