There is a record of a ceremony in 1795 when revolutionary war heroes Sam Adams and Paul Revere buried a time capsule at the State House in Boston. Now workers looking for the source of a leak have uncovered the 18th century treasure, according to WBZ radio in Boston.
The Boston State House News Service reports that the capsule was discovered once before, in 1855 just 60 years its interment. Back then it was placed back in its spot without being opened. The plan now is to x-ray the capsule and open it sometime next week. But how do we know how long Adams and Revere meant for it to remain concealed? And even if that date has passed, wouldn’t the package be more astonishing to Bostonians, say, 300 years from now? Does our rush–our greed–to open it rob the future of the pleasure? A future when such a time capsule will be even more removed, more rare, more curious, more special?
Extracting this old time capsule here at the State House is not an easy process. pic.twitter.com/WVOSn4QW0v
— Carl Stevens (@carlwbz) December 11, 2014