Larry Coffin, President of the Bradford Historical Society, opens a time capsule from 1912. That's right--100 years ago. The contents were displayed to the town over the weekend.
"it was just a joy to see that," said Martina Stever with the Bradford Cemetery Association.
The time capsule was located in the basement rafters of the Edward C. Sawyer chapel which was built in 1912 in the Upper Plain Cemetery. When work to restore the chapel began several years ago, research revealed there was a time capsule hidden inside.
"It had been shoved as far as they could shove it and I think the Pickwick Ale probably helped them along," Stever said.
The bottle of booze -- which was located next to the capsule, not in it -- was one of dozens of historical artifacts discovered. Newspapers, pictures, books, and even a fashion poster were strategically placed in the box.
"Many of the documents we have already, but not in pristine shape and not as one collection. And the value of it is to see what they thought was important at the time," Coffin said.
A decree in the newspaper directed the people of 2012 to open the box, reaping the rewards of the history frozen inside. "We were able, right at the time, to pick out little things -- like the man who introduced the law about having lights on automobiles or the fact that President Taft had visited Bradford that year," Coffin said.
A year that has allowed this community to take a trip back in time. "How many times do people get to see a time capsule that is 100 years old," Stever said.
Work to restore the Chapel is continuing and there is a plan to put a new time capsule back in the building, so the residents of the future can get a look back on Bradford in the 21st Century.
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