Oldest US time capsule will be opened today

Massachusetts officials work to remove a time capsule in the cornerstone of the Statehouse in Boston, Dec. 11, 2014.

BOSTON (ABC) – The oldest time capsule discovered in the country that dates back to 1795 will be opened today in Boston.

American Revolution patriot Paul Revere and then-Gov. Samuel Adams originally placed the relic under a cornerstone of the Boston Statehouse in 1795.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, scheduled a news conference at 6 p.m. ET today, authorizing only credentialed media because of “extremely limited space and object sensitivity,” the museum said in a statement.

PHOTO: A 1795 time capsule discovered under the State House in Boston will be opened Jan. 6, 2015 by the Museum of Fine Arts.
PHOTO: A 1795 time capsule discovered under the State House in Boston will be opened Jan. 6, 2015 by the Museum of Fine Arts.

The time capsule was removed from the Boston State House cornerstone Dec. 11, along with miscellaneous coins. The time capsule, which was X-rayed at the MFA Dec. 14, weighs 10 pounds and measures 5.5 inches by 7.5 inches by 1.5 inches, officials said.

PHOTO: Conservators from the Boston Museum of Fine Arts unearthed on Dec. 11, 2014 what is believed to be the oldest unopened time capsule in the country, buried in 1795 by then-Gov. Samuel Adams and Paul Revere.
PHOTO: Conservators from the Boston Museum of Fine Arts unearthed on Dec. 11, 2014 what is believed to be the oldest unopened time capsule in the country, buried in 1795 by then-Gov. Samuel Adams and Paul Revere.

Museum and state officials will remove its contents for the first time since 1855, when its contents were documented and cleaned, officials said. Additional materials were added then to the time capsule, which was placed in brass and plastered into the underside of the granite cornerstone.

PHOTO: Massachusetts officials work to remove a time capsule in the cornerstone of the Statehouse in Boston, Dec. 11, 2014.
PHOTO: Massachusetts officials work to remove a time capsule in the cornerstone of the Statehouse in Boston, Dec. 11, 2014.

“X-rays revealed what is believed to be a collection of silver and copper coins (dating from 1652 and 1855); an engraved silver plate; a copper medal depicting George Washington; newspapers; the seal of the Commonwealth; cards; and a title page from the Massachusetts Colony Records,” the MFA said in a statement last month. “These objects were described in the 1855 account of the reburying ceremony.”

PHOTO: The time capsule was x-rayed at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, on Dec. 14, 2014.
PHOTO: The time capsule was x-rayed at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, on Dec. 14, 2014.

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