It Takes a Village!
The entire process was diligently recorded and photographed at every step of the way. It took about four hours to get the lid off, since they wanted to be absolutely sure that they would not hurt any chances of a perfect conservation. Michel Comeau, the Executive Director (left) of the Massachusetts Archives, assisted Hatchfield in the process of the lid removal.
The First Piece!
After the tedious process of simply opening the box, the team began carefully removing the contents inside for examination. The first piece? A beautiful silver plate, with script writing scrawled into it. It was a message of the people who curated and buried the time capsule! A message from 220 years ago, never before read until this very moment! It was such an exciting discovery. Everyone couldn’t wait to see what the message from the past had said.