January 6, 2015

Oldest US Time Capsule Opened Today Jan 6, 2015

The oldest time capsule discovered in the country that dates back to 1795 was opened today in Boston as history buffs waited to get a glimpse of items from the nation's infancy.
Pamela Hatchfield, head of objects conservation at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, first removed the lid then inspected a newspaper, after loosening the screws beforehand for about four or five hours, she said.
"This is clearly a newspaper and it’s really packed in there," Hatchfield said, wearing gloves and a white coat and using tools including a porcupine quill and a dentist's probe.
She also found 24 coins in various denominations dating from the 1650s to the 1850s, when the capsule was opened then resealed. The folded newspapers appeared to be in very good condition but it was not possible to tell the dates or what news was being reported.

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