Massachusetts is proud of its rich and revered history, as evidenced by the Time Capsule Ceremony taking place at the Massachusetts State House on Wednesday, June 17, 2015.
Governor Charlie Baker and Secretary of the Commonwealth William F. Galvin, along with state officials, dignitaries, museum archivists, school children and history fans are gathering on the State House lawn to return a time capsule, dating to the 18th century, back in the cornerstone of the building.
The capsule contains invaluable items from the early years of our nation: silver and copper coins dating from 1652 to 1855; a silver plaque thought to be engraved by Paul Revere; a copper medal depicting George Washington; 18th century newspapers; and the title page from the Massachusetts Colony Records.
It was first placed in the cornerstone back in 1795 by Governor Sam Adams. The only time it saw the light of day was in 1855, when the building foundation needed emergency repairs. Then in 2014, the time capsule was re-discovered during work on the building and taken out of its resting place for inspection at the Museum of Fine Arts. Now it is returning to its coveted spot, where it will lay hidden for future generations to re-discover.
The ceremony kicks off at 9:45 a.m. with a procession from Boston Common to the State House featuring the Ancient and Honorable Military Artillery Company of Massachusetts, the 215th Army Band Vocal Quartet, the Grand Lodge of Masons, the famous Clydesdale horses and hundreds of schoolchildren there to see history in the making. The formal ceremony takes place on the State House lawn, starting at around 10 a.m.
The event is free and open to the public, and is also being streamed live.
Massachusetts has long been one of the most iconic places in America – full of people, places and events that stand the test of time. The time capsule is a proud bearer of the history of Massachusetts and the nation.
For more information, visit the Secretary of State web site.
To learn more about history in Massachusetts, visit MassVacation.com.