October 10, 2014

Time Capsule Opened!

We opened the time capsule yesterday! Materials won't be removed until next week, but in the meantime, we wanted to share some behind-the-scenes photographs from yesterday's event. Amy Nelson, one of our staff members, was buzzing around the studio taking photographs, and we're thrilled to share some of them here - be sure to click on the image to see the larger version!

Watch this space for updates on the contents of the time capsule!


  1. Mr Shure really should be wearing a mask while taking a blow torch to a 113 year old item. Associated Press reports from The 1940's reveal about the golden dome "The copper coating was painted a dark lead." Lead particles could be inhaled and spread all over himself + onlookers. Clear negligence for the handlers to not ensure all involved were wearing gloves and masks. 113 year old dust doesn't sound like a Kodak moment but maybe that's part of the mystery they have yet to figure out. From photos and videos its clear that what Elizabeth Roscio, the Boston Society’s archivist, said about the box being brought to an environmentally-controlled setting isn't entirely the case.Id love to test that lion with an XRF or even a 3M lead test kit. Bet you a nickel the lion is as neurotoxic as the lead paint that 3M tests found in two of my doctors offices this week. The hard cover book and papers inside the box are even a danger as lead was in all the ink then. My request /suggestion as to what to place in the new time capsule would be a copy of a new Ma. General Law passed that would require remediation for all of the toxic lead that still persists in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Peace and best wishes for a lead poisoning free future for the constituents of our great state https://www.facebook.com/groups/julialeadtheway/

  2. Maybe a tin foil hat, too, Kim?

    While I agree that there were probably biohazard/neurotoxin risks associated with opening the capsule, the level of exposure of vaporized lead is at a level that should be considered safe unless the team is going to be opening these time capsules on a daily basis.