SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah’s oldest citizens gathered at the state Capitol to watch Gov. Gary Herbert saw through a copper time capsule.
Wearing gloves and safety glasses, Herbert opened the box Monday in the Capitol rotunda during an annual celebration honoring the state’s centenarians. The discolored box had been sealed inside one of the building’s pillars since April 4, 1914.
The copper box was stuffed yellowed newspapers; a silver dollar from 1896, the year Utah became a state; a military roster; a copy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Biographical Encyclopedia; business cards and a union card from the building’s construction crews; a postal stamp; and a program for the ceremonial laying of the Capitol’s cornerstone.
Herbert said today’s generation will fill the box for Utahns to re-open 100 years from now.