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Time capsule from 1795 resealed in State House's cornerstone

From Brother Mike Peters:

CONGRATULATIONS to GM Harvey Waugh ,the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts and over 1500 Masons for a job well done !! BOSTON - A time capsule first buried in the Massachusetts Statehouse cornerstone on July 4, 1795 – the 20th anniversary of American independence - will be put back on Wednesday (June 17th), with the same pomp and circumstance that accompanied its first burial.

 

The capsule was first buried by then-Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Masons Paul Revere and then-Governor Samuel Adams in 1795. It was unearthed in 1855 when an addition to the Statehouse was being built. It was unearthed again last year during water leak repairs. There will then be a formal Masonic ceremony. Christopher Rooney, a spokesman for the Grand Lodge of Masons of Massachusetts, said the ceremony is a Masonic ritual performed at the public laying of a cornerstone.

The practice of laying a cornerstone dates back to Biblical times, and the ritual was adopted in the 1700s by the Freemasons, a fraternity of stone masons who built the cathedrals and castles of Europe. The ceremony would be done when a cornerstone was being laid to mark the beginning of construction. As masonry dwindled, the Freemasons' group was opened to non-tradesmen and became focused on building character.

The cornerstone ceremony will include common builders' tools – a Square, Level and Plumb - but will give each of them a symbolic meaning related to the building of man's character. Corn, Wine and Oil – representing health, plenty and peace – will be presented. The same tools and foods were used in the ceremony in 1795. "Effectively, it's a consecration," Rooney said. "It's like a blessing on the building."The Masons have performed the same ceremony for Massachusetts General Hospital in 1818, the Bunker Hill Monument in 1825, Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown in 1907 and at other public monuments and buildings in Massachusetts. At the end of the ceremony, the time capsule will be placed back into the Statehouse cornerstone.

Some new items - to be announced Wednesday - will be added to represent 2015. There will be a cannon solute on the Boston Common.

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TimeCapsule Grand Master Tools Inspection A peak inside Lighting of candles

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From Brother Mike Peters:

CONGRATULATIONS to GM Harvey Waugh ,the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts and over 1500 Masons for a job well done !! BOSTON - A time capsule first buried in the Massachusetts Statehouse cornerstone on July 4, 1795 – the 20th anniversary of American independence - will be put back on Wednesday (June 17th), with the same pomp and circumstance that accompanied its first burial.

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