BOSTON — Officials are working to remove a time capsule that initially was placed in the cornerstone of the Massachusetts Statehouse more than two centuries ago.
Secretary of State William Galvin says the time capsule is believed to contain items such as old coins and newspapers. But the condition of the contents isn’t known.
Historians believe the time capsule, originally made of cowhide, was placed in the granite cornerstone of the building in 1795 by then-Gov. Samuel Adams, Paul Revere and others. It was reburied in the mid-19th century after its contents were transferred to a copper box.
It’s now being removed because of an ongoing water filtration project.
The time capsule will be taken to the Museum of Fine Arts, where it will be X-rayed before being opened.