Boston time capsule from era of Paul Revere, Sam Adams put back
- Published: Jun 18, 2015, 7 AM
The Boston time capsule that caught the eye of many a historically inclined American over the winter is going back from whence it came, carrying its previous contents and a little more.
The Boston Globe reports that the Massachusetts State House cornerstone that was used as a time capsule and originally put in place by Paul Revere and Sam Adams in 1795 was returned to the structure Wednesday during a ceremony that featured white horses, fife-and-drum music, and a 19-gun salute.
The cornerstone was removed from a granite block at the State House that was freed after a full day's work by a conservator Dec. 11. Work related to a water infiltration investigation led to the time capsule's discovery.
The time capsule was opened on Jan. 6 during a joint press conference held by the Commonweatlh of Massachusetts and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Among the items inside was a Pine Tree shilling, a silver coin struck in the mid-17th century under authority of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Also in the box were a medal depicting George Washington, a silver plate possibly attributed to Paul Revere, and other early U.S. coinage.
The Globe reports, "After being displayed at the MFA, the relics were put in a new, higher-tech box (stainless steel filled with humidified Argon gas for preservation purposes, according to a statement from Galvin’s office) along with some additional items from the modern day: a set of 2015 U.S. coins and a new silver plaque commemorating the ceremony, with the names of [Grand Master of Masons of Massachusetts Harvey J.] Waugh, [Governor Charlie] Baker and other officials."
The 2014 recovery was not the time capsule's first. It was first pulled from the building in 1855, when additional items were added to it.
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