‘ The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) December 12, 2014
The Boston Globe — After a full day spent lying on her back on a muddy wooden plank, chipping with painstaking care at the underside of a stone block to free the time capsule hidden within, Museum of Fine Arts conservator Pam Hatchfield sat up in front of the State House to a round of applause, a green box held delicately in her hands. …
The original contents of the time capsule were first placed in 1795 by Governor Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and William Scollay in a ceremony that started in downtown Boston and proceeded to the State House, according to historical accounts. It was unearthed during emergency repairs to the foundation in 1855 and then buried again, and had not seen daylight until it emerged on Thursday.
“Hopefully there will be no damage and we will be able to observe the artifacts that trace us back to the history not only just of this building, but of our Commonwealth and our country,” said Secretary of State William Galvin, who was on hand for the capsule’s first appearance in more than 150 years.
The capsule is believed to include a collection of silver and copper coins dating from between 1652 and 1855; an engraved silver plate; newspapers; the seal of the Commonwealth; cards; and a title page from the Massachusetts Colony Records.
What a great day to be a fan of history in general, and a fan of Boston history in particular. I love stuff like this. It’s like the greats of our past somehow inventing a time machine and beaming stuff to us. And I have to confess I’m jealous of Pam Hatchfield and anyone else who’ll get to be there when that thing gets opened. (Unless all the artifacts in there turn out to be sand and then ghosts come out and melt everybody’s faces; then they’re welcome to it.)
With all due respect to fans of coins and plates and the rest, the thing that fascinates me most will be what’s in those newspapers they uncovered. Nothing could tell us more about the early history of our great city like those will. And here’s my predictions for what will be in there:
- A story about plans for a new Fenway Park.
- An editorial in Ye Globe complaining about the ungentlemanly behavior of our Founding Fathers, from Samuel Adams offering only a quick handshake to the British commander to Paul Revere’s language.
- A piece about Big Papi asking for a contract extension.
- A bunch of articles bashing the Patriots and saying their dynasty peaked when Cornwallis surrendered and it’s pretty much over now.
- A column saying it’s good the Revolution is over so we don’t have to keep hearing people talking about it because it wasn’t a real war, by Daniel Shaughnessy.
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