Paul Revere's time capsule discovered in Boston

It may not be not dinosaur bones, but it's not bad.

Boston construction workers yesterday discovered a time capsule under the Massachusetts State House's Golden Dome.  According to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, which took over liberating the capsule from the rock it was found in, the item was originally buried in 1795 by Sam Adams (then the governor of Massachusetts) and Paul Revere.

ABC:

The 219-year-old capsule is made of cowhide and was initially discovered during State House renovations in 1855. When the repairs were complete, the state’s 23rd governor, Henry Gardner, re-buried it in the granite cornerstone of the historic building, adding new items, including coins.

The time capsule includes "coins that date between 1652 and 1855, an engraved silver Paul Revere plate, newspapers, a Commonwealth seal[,] and a title page from the Massachusetts Colony Records."  The federal government will presumably not confiscate the coins, but you never know.


Photo by Elise Amendola / The AP

Once the capsule is opened, the Museum of Fine Arts will allow the public a chance to take a look at what's inside.  It will be interesting to see whether the museum's operators will then put the artifacts back in the ground – perhaps with new items from our own time, so some future generation can experience the joy of the discovery.  Best not to include coins, though, as ours might suffer from the comparison.

Drew Belsky is American Thinker's deputy editor.  Contact him at drew@americanthinker.com, and follow him on Twitter @DJB627.

It may not be not dinosaur bones, but it's not bad.

Boston construction workers yesterday discovered a time capsule under the Massachusetts State House's Golden Dome.  According to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, which took over liberating the capsule from the rock it was found in, the item was originally buried in 1795 by Sam Adams (then the governor of Massachusetts) and Paul Revere.

ABC:

The 219-year-old capsule is made of cowhide and was initially discovered during State House renovations in 1855. When the repairs were complete, the state’s 23rd governor, Henry Gardner, re-buried it in the granite cornerstone of the historic building, adding new items, including coins.

The time capsule includes "coins that date between 1652 and 1855, an engraved silver Paul Revere plate, newspapers, a Commonwealth seal[,] and a title page from the Massachusetts Colony Records."  The federal government will presumably not confiscate the coins, but you never know.


Photo by Elise Amendola / The AP

Once the capsule is opened, the Museum of Fine Arts will allow the public a chance to take a look at what's inside.  It will be interesting to see whether the museum's operators will then put the artifacts back in the ground – perhaps with new items from our own time, so some future generation can experience the joy of the discovery.  Best not to include coins, though, as ours might suffer from the comparison.

Drew Belsky is American Thinker's deputy editor.  Contact him at drew@americanthinker.com, and follow him on Twitter @DJB627.