“Son’s of Liberty” Leave Behind Some History for Future Generations

kim kardashian

Samuel Adams once decreed that, “Among the natural rights of the colonists are these: First a right to life, secondly to liberty, and thirdly to property; together with the right to defend them in the best manner they can.” A statement that would still define the modern ideals of our civilization.

It was about 220 years ago when the “Sons of Liberty” buried a time capsule that would one-day share artifacts and an insight into the world that our forefathers experienced. Items which would show the country the time period when our basic rights were established.

AP Photography
AP Photography

The time capsule was placed over two centuries ago, in 1795, under a cornerstone of the State House of Massachusetts, by Paul Revere, Samuel Adams and William Scollay and it would remain untouched until this year. “They said it was hermetically sealed, and I think they really meant it,” says Pam Hatchfield a museum conservationist. It took them several hours just to get the capsule opened. What they found inside was quite exceptional.

Among the artifacts that were discovered from the capsule were five newspapers, a coin collection, a medal with a depiction of George Washington on it, cards, and a silver plate that Revere engraved a message on, regarding the story behind the capsule and why they chose to leave it. The museum knew what the container contained even before they opened it, because they x-rayed the capsule and saw what the articles were. Even though they knew, they were still ecstatic while pulling the memorabilia out.

The capsule was a remarkable find, and was only discovered because they were working on a water leak that kept occurring within the building; little did they know that they would find such significant relics of United States’ history.

The artifacts are going to be analyzed and preserved by professionals, who spent hours going through the copper box. The findings will be put on display for the public at the Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, but the capsule will be brought back to the cornerstone where it will be reburied.

This time capsule shows that even back in 1795, our forefathers, more than anyone, understood the benefits and importance of having such a strong culture. They left this copper box behind not knowing who would find it or when, but they knew that whoever would find it would appreciate the items inside, and share them with the rest of the country, so that we can comprehend the time period in which they lived even more.

“Tonight is a new chapter in a story that began in 1795,” exclaims Malcolm Rogers, director of Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, and that is exactly what it is, a new piece of America’s story as a country.

Photos: Museum of Fine Arts

 

 

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