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Photos: State House Time Capsule Finally Freed

Pamela Hatchfield, head of objects conservation at the MFA, holds the time capsule after extracting it from the cornerstone of the State House. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)MoreCloseclosemore
Pamela Hatchfield, head of objects conservation at the MFA, holds the time capsule after extracting it from the cornerstone of the State House. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

A time capsule was removed from a State House cornerstone late Thursday afternoon after a preservationist spent hours chiseling it out.

Officials planned to take the capsule, which was discovered by workers handling a water infiltration project, to the Museum of Fine Arts to be X-rayed and opened sometime next week.

Patrick administration officials say the capsule contains artifacts that date to 1795 when it was first buried under the cornerstone of the building by Gov. Samuel Adams, Paul Revere and William Scollay. Contents were added to the capsule in 1885 after a renovation project led to the capsule's initial discovery.

Contractors removed the cornerstone to prepare to extract the time capsule, which was embedded in the bottom. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Contractors removed the cornerstone to prepare to extract the time capsule, which was embedded in the bottom. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
A few coins were found in the plaster that was encasing the time capsule. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
A few coins were found in the plaster that was encasing the time capsule. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Pamela Hatchfield, from the MFA, chiseled out the plaster which the time capsule was immersed in. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Pamela Hatchfield, from the MFA, chiseled out the plaster which the time capsule was immersed in. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

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