Marathon Medal, David Ortiz Bobblehead In New Boston Time Capsule

A century from now, future Bostonians will open a time capsule and find a 2013 Boston Marathon medal, a David Ortiz bobblehead and a Legal Sea Foods menu.

The three items are among 28 objects the Bostonian Society placed into a time capsule in a lion statue that's bound, again, for its perch atop the Old State House.

The statue was removed for restoration earlier this fall, and a 1901 time capsule was discovered inside the lion's head. That time capsule contained newspapers, campaign buttons and other items in "remarkably good" condition.

With the 1901 time capsule opened, the question became: What would go in a new one?

The answer includes: a marathon medal from the year it was attacked; the Red Sox slugger's bobblehead; photos of Mayor Marty Walsh and the late former Mayor Thomas Menino; an iPhone 5; and a box from Mike's Pastry ("with no cannolis, unfortunately"). The list is below.

The Bostonian Society inserted the new time capsule into the base of the statue, "rather than the head," the group said in a statement, "to make it more easily accessible in the future."

It plans to return the restored statue, and another, to their spots on the historic Old State House on Sunday morning, and it said it hopes the new time capsule will be opened in 2114.

The 1901 time capsule was taken out of the lion statue and opened last month. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
The 1901 time capsule was taken out of the lion statue and opened last month. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

-- Here's the full list of new time capsule items:

- 2013 Boston Marathon medal and biography of donor Gregory Soutiea.

- Letters from Boston journalists:
a. Kiera Blessing, Boston Globe;
b. Steve Annear, Boston Magazine;
c. Brian Burns,

- Photograph of current Boston Mayor, Martin Walsh.

- Photograph of former Boston Mayor, Thomas Menino.

- Tickets from April 20, 2012 Fenway Park Centennial Boston Red Sox game, donated by Peter Loring.

- David Ortiz limited-edition bobblehead, donated by the Boston Red Sox.

- Apple iPhone 5, donated by Patrick LeTourneau.

- Boston Globe newspaper, October 10, 2014, with story about discovery of 1901 time capsule.

- Letter from British Consul Suzie Kitchens, on current United States/Great Britain relations.

- Photograph of Governor Deval Patrick with Prime Minister of England David Cameron, at Boston Marathon Bombing Memorial, 2013.

- Winning student essays from the 2013 Boston Duck Tour Essay contest.

- "Foreign Relations of the United States 1977-1980, Volume III," (bound in red, latest in a series represented by the 1896 volume found in the 1901 time capsule), with a letter from Davita Vance-Cooks, Public Printer of the United States, Government Printing Office.

- Letter from Brian LeMay, Bostonian Society President and Executive Director.

- Facsimile of a 1901 letter from George Litchfield, Business Manager of the Boston Traveler. This letter was included in the earlier time capsule that the Bostonian Society opened in October 2014.

- Facsimile of a photograph of the team who worked on the 1901 Old State House restoration project. This photograph was included in the 1901 time capsule that the Bostonian Society recovered in 2014.

- Photograph of the current restoration work teams – Commodore Builders and Skylight Studios.

- Photograph of the current Old State Restoration Project team.

- "Old State House Lion & Unicorn: An Unfolding Story," an essay written by architect Donald Tellalian.

- Box from Mike’s Pastry (with no cannolis, unfortunately).

- Letters from children participating in Greenovate Boston’s Community Summit 2014, and a Greenovate Boston button.

- “Idahoan’s research uncovers time capsule,” facsimile of an article from Idaho Statesman, October 28, 2014.

- Two 18th-century hand-wrought nails removed from the Old State House tower in 2008.

- Two 19th-century cut nails removed from the tower in 2008

- Fragment of a 1713 brick removed from Old State House during the 2014 west façade restoration project.

- Menu from Legal Sea Foods restaurant, 2014.

- Photographs of Boston’s central artery 2003, and Rose Kennedy Greenway, 2013 (before and after the Big Dig).

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