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Boston to Unveil Contents of Paul Revere and Samuel Adams’ 1795 Time Capsule

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On Tuesday at 6 p.m., Americans will get to peak inside the country’s oldest time capsule.

American Revolutionaries Paul Revere, Samuel Adams and William Scollay buried the then-cowhide covered capsule under Boston’s State House cornerstone in 1795, when Adams was governor of Massachusetts.

Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, which will host the unveiling, says that the capsule was then discovered in 1855, when its contents were cleaned, documented, and added onto. The AP reports that the capsule was also transferred from a rawhide casing to a copper box and placed under the Statehouse again.

The box was again unearthed in December due to a water leak.

Although the contents — which X-Rays indicate include coins, documents, newspapers, and a plate owned by Paul Revere — aren’t a mystery, their condition will be the true revelation.

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