Yesterday, historians and researchers at the New-York Historical Society opened this elegant bronze time capsule, entrusted to the New-York Historical Society by the Lower Wall Street Business Men’s Association in 1914. So 100 years later, what’s in the box?
Given that this was a Wall Street Business association, the contents often reflected that. There was the 25th Annual Report for the Coffee Exchange of the City of New York, records from the Chamber of Commerce, the directory for the New York Stock Exchange, and various trade journals. There were also numerous newspapers, which showed the important headlines of the day (like the latest about the Mexican Civil War).
But that wasn’t all that took place. Our Student Historians also created a time capsule of their own! To be opened in 2114, the capsule is filled with objects that represent life in New York and America today. Objects include a MetroCard, flyers and buttons from the Occupy Wall Street movement, an Amazon Kindle, the box for the iPhone 6, and an MTA Subway map. Tell us, what would you put in a Time Capsule today?