Church of the Transfiguration – Time Capsule

More than 110 years after the cornerstone was set in place, the copper box containing artifacts of the day was removed and opened.

The cornerstone from Emmanuel Episcopal Church (The Church of the Transfiguration)
The cornerstone from Emmanuel Episcopal Church (The Church of the Transfiguration)
Removal of Four Wood Wedges that Held the Time Capsule in Place
Removal of Four Wood Wedges that Held the Time Capsule in Place
Jim Wamelink (WR Restorayion), left, Mallory Haas (Center for Community Studies) and Ryan (WR Restoration) Removing the Time Capsule
Jim Wamelink (WR Restoration), left, Mallory Haas (Center for Community Studies) and Ryan Protich (WR Restoration) Removing the Time Capsule

Just like the birth of a baby, the first task was to weigh and measure the box.

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The copper box was securely soldered closed, protecting the contents from deterioration.

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Mallory Haas (Center for Community Studies)  and Jim Wamelink (WR Restoration)
Mallory Haas (Center for Community Studies) and Jim Wamelink (WR Restoration)

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Karen Ritenour (left), Mike Ritenour (Lou Ritenour Industrial), and Alison Ritenour
Karen Ritenour (left), Mike Ritenour (Lou Ritenour Industrial), and Alison Ritenour

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Among the items in the box were two Bibles (one with the inscription shown above); a pocket hymnal; several Sunday Orders of Service, including the one from Easter Sunday, March 30, 1902; a copy of the 1902 Journal of Convention of the Dioceses of Ohio; a newsletter, “Church Life”; and lists of those who donated to the building of the new Church; and copies of the September 3, 1903 editions of the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Cleveland Leader (perhaps the date that the cornerstone was laid). The contents of the time capsule will now be catalogued and conserved by Archaeologist Mallory Haas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Church of the Transfiguration – Time Capsule”

  1. This had to have been fun and exciting to be a part of. Do you know if the items will be on display? The contents look like they are in really good condition. How interesting to see the headlines about Tom L. Johnson. I was working by public square when they took down the buildings where the “BP” building now stands. Someone put a hard hat on the mayor’s statue. There was dust everywhere when I came into work Monday after the demolition. (Sure hope you protect yourself from all the dust you are exposed to!)

    1. Thank you so very much for your continued kind comments, and for sharing your memories. Looking forward to seeing you here again soon!

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