Pittsburgh officials were hoping for a grand unveiling of a century-old time capsule over the weekend, but they say both the capsule and their plans were spoiled.
The copper container was removed from the cornerstone of the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum in Oakland last week. But inside, officials found 11 cents in change, two lead soldiers, a tattered silk flag – and rotted news pulp, Confederate currency and photographs.
Officials say the lid of the cornerstone was apparently never soldered shut, so moisture got in. Museum curator Mike Kraus says it “looked like a mummified alien in there.”
Officials plan to try to save what they can, and next year they will entomb a new and improved capsule to be opened by Pittsburghers of the early 22nd century.