1795 Time Capsule Returned To State House Cornerstone

By Susie Steimle, WBZ-TV

BOSTON (CBS) – Past, present, and future came together on the steps of the State House on Wednesday.

People lined the streets of Beacon Hill and students sat in the State House yard to watch a time capsule ceremony.

“I’m fond of saying the history of Massachusetts is the history of America, and it’s true,” Secretary of State William Galvin said.

The time capsule was discovered in December during a construction project. It was placed in a cornerstone of the State House in 1795 by Paul Revere and Sam Adams.

It contained newspapers, coins, and a silver plate commemorating the ceremony. It was discovered previously in 1855, back then more coins and a plaque were added.

Today history repeated itself as more coins and a silver plate were set in the stone.

“It’s the story our predecessors wanted us to know and understand,” Gov. Charlie Baker said.

Baker says this ceremony should serve as a reminder to slow down and think about our legacy.

“What will history reveal about us about and the decisions we made and how we chose to live our lives?” Baker said.

That’s also why students from across the state were invited, to pass on these historic teachings in person.

“I think it helps them realize history is not just in a textbook that we’re really learning about people and our country and our state and how that still affects us today,” Michaela Duggan, a teacher at Boston Collegiate Charter School said.

The ceremony was done the same way it was in 1855 led each time by the Grand Lodge of Masons.

The expectation is in the future if and when the capsule is unearthed these traditions will be upheld.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Karyn Regal report

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