Thursday, January 8, 2015

A Revolutionary Capsule

This capsule you want to open and examine the contents of, not swallow it.  It's a time capsule dating back to 1795 and recently opened by curators at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.  From a Fox News article covering this, well, historic event:
When conservators at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston gingerly removed items from the box Tuesday, they found five tightly folded newspapers, a medal depicting George Washington, a silver plaque, two dozen coins, including one dating to 1655, and the seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  While some of the coins appeared corroded, other items were in good condition and fingerprints could be seen on the silver plaque.
The capsule was embedded in a cornerstone of the Massachusetts Statehouse when construction began in 1795. It was placed there by Revolutionary era luminaries including Paul Revere and Samuel Adams, governor of Massachusetts at the time.
This is a really interesting, cool story, particularly if you have a bent for history