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June 17 2015

Photos: Boston time capsule rededicated at Mass. State House

The time capsule is scheduled to be re-deposited on Thursday, but Boston celebrated today

Massachusetts officials on Wednesday prepped a 220-year-old time capsule for its return to underneath the State House after the addition of modern coins and a new silver plaque.

The time capsule is scheduled to be re-deposited on Thursday. Three additional stones, removed last year along with the time capsule, will be added back to the State House foundation on Thursday and Friday, according to Susan Knack-Brown, principal at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, which is working on the project.

On the steps of the State House, Beacon Hill leaders looked on as members of the Grand Lodge of Masons performed the ceremony with corn, wine and oil.

Gov. Charlie Baker was introduced through cannon fire, which violently shook the trees at the top of Boston Common.

"This sliver of history was discovered on a whim during a construction project, and shocked historians and the people of the Commonwealth alike," Baker said Wednesday.

The capsule was first buried in 1795 by Gov. Samuel Adams and Paul Revere, 15 years after Massachusetts adopted its state constitution. At the time, Revere was the head of the state's Freemasons.

Gov. Henry Gardner and Grand Master Winslow Lewis rededicated the capsule in 1855.

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