The New-York Historical Society is set to open a chest first nailed shut 100 years ago and stocked with who knows what. The capsule was sealed as part of a celebration of the chartering of the New Netherlands Company in 1614. It will be opened on Wednesday at 4 p.m. at the museum on Central Park West between 76th and 77th street.
The historical society says it’s the oldest unopened time capsule in the U.S. There’s a lengthy description of its history here, and a briefer one below.
“A group of merchants, calling themselves the Lower Wall Street Business Men’s Association, launched it on May 23, 1914 as a part of the tercentenary celebrations of the New Netherland Company’s chartering in 1614 and the beginnings of Dutch North American colonialism. Ceremoniously enclosed by a former mayor, the chest was to remain sealed until 1974, the bicentennial of New York’s appeal for the colonies to form a union. Oversleeping its due date, the chest will finally be unlocked at a ceremony in October. In doing so, we will also be celebrating New Netherland’s 400th birthday! To keep the tradition alive, a new capsule will be dedicated with the help of local students, who will select items that speak to life today for the education of New Yorkers a hundred years in the future.”
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