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Presentation of the Detwiler Time Capsule by Sandra Detwiler Lusch, Detwiler Family Reunion President, to Peg Trunk, who was the Vice President of the Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area (HSPA) at their Annual Membership Dinner on September 17, 2003, where it will be housed until the year 2025. HSPA is located at 204 Church Street, Phoenixville, PA 19460, 610-935-7646,,

Date:                November 21, 2003
To:                   Peg Trunk – Historian
From:               Sandra (Detwiler) Lusch, President – Detwiler Family Reunion
Reference:        Detwiler Family Time Capsule Contents 

The following is a complete list of the contents placed and sealed in the Time Capsule.

  • Minutes of past meetings.
  • The official Treasurer’s book from 1949 to 1999.
  • A booklet prepared by Sandy Lusch containing the hands of 16 children ages 21 months to 11 years.
  • “Words of Wisdom” – reflections and anecdotes about the reunion from many family members.
  • Names and address of family members as they were known at this time.
  • Parade Magazine dated December 31, 2001, giving a snapshot of life in 2001 from the “Best Boy Band” to the “Worst Job.”
  • “An old style “You’ve got a friend in Pa.” license plate.
  • A Nokia cell phone.
  • A VHS videotape made at the 100th reunion in 1996, (It is unlikely that it will be viewable in 25 years ?? 2025 ?? – so we made a DVD copy for the historian’s files.)
  • A book – September 11, 2001- containing a collection of newspaper front pages from around the world, depicting the defining moment of 2001, and top news stories of the time.
  • These will show how history has changed when the time capsule is opened in 25 years, or at a date to be determined by the Officers and Family Members of the DETWILER FAMILY!!
  • A memory book designed by Sandy Lusch including pictures of the family quilt, and photos taken at reunion.
  • A list of names and addresses of family members as they were known in 2001.
  • Printouts of the web pages as they existed in 2001.
  • An 8 x 10 photo of all those attending as well as our INSTANT (!) identification for the picture. 
  • A page from the Pottstown Mercury with the write-up of the Reunion.
  • A coffee mug with photo of Abraham & Catherine Detwiler.
  • Detwiler Family Cookbook (prepared for 100th reunion) which includes family generation information as well as published recipes of family members.
  • Photos provided by Sandy Lusch showing she & twin sister, Frances D. Espenship pictured (at about age 6) with 1st Reunion President Harry L. Detwiler and Grandmother Emma R. Detwiler.  Several other family group photos with proper photo i.d. also enclosed.
  • An 8x10 color photo of the 2003 Officers shown with the Time Capsule, at the Family Reunion held August. 16, 2003.  Terry Lusch, Historian; Scott Sifford, Treasurer; Christopher Fetter, Secretary and President Sandy Lusch.
  • A personal letter to the Detwiler Family written by the President Sandy Lusch containing her appreciation of the past accomplishments of our family, general information of this present moment in time, and her thoughts for family members at the time the Time Capsule is officially opened.