What were Paul Revere and Sam Adams thinking 220 years ago when they packed a time capsule that would sit beneath the new Massachusetts State House? What clues about their state of mind should we take away from the newspapers, coins and other trinkets they placed in the little box?
In 1795, the U.S. was still a teenager struggling on many fronts. It would be nice to think Revere, Adams and William Scollay, a colonel in the Revolutionary War, made choices they felt represented hope, confidence and solidarity.
What would we put in a time capsule today? Peer 220 years into the future. What would we want the people of 2234 to know about us? What should they know?
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