(NEWSER) – A time capsule placed by Paul Revere and Sam Adams, among others, when the US was just 19 years old was carefully removed from a cornerstone of the Massachusetts State House yesterday. The 1795 time capsule—rediscovered during building maintenance—is thought to contain objects such as coins from as far back as 1652, old newspapers, and the title page of the Massachusetts Colony records, reports the Boston Herald.
It was originally made of cowhide, but its contents were transferred to a copper box during building repairs in 1855, and a few coins that officials at the time threw in for good luck fell out of the cornerstone yesterday.
A person from the MFA will chip away at the bottom of this cornerstone to retrieve the time capsule. pic.twitter.com/hmF8E9Gm5I— Carl Stevens (@carlwbz) December 11, 2014