Time capsule to return to Statehouse cornerstone

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BOSTON (AP) — A time capsule dating to 1795 is returning to its resting spot at the Massachusetts Statehouse.

An elaborate ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, when the box and its original contents will go back into the cornerstone of the building, along with some modern-day items that have yet to be revealed.

Historians say the time capsule was first embedded in the cornerstone by Revolutionary-era luminaries including Paul Revere and then-Massachusetts Gov. Samuel Adams, and its contents were shifted to a brass box in 1855.

The box was rediscovered last year during a water filtration project at the building.

In January, conservators at the Museum of Fine Arts opened the box and found five tightly folded newspapers, a medal depicting George Washington, a silver plaque and two dozen coins, including one dating to 1655.

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