VA Maine Healthcare System
1889 Time Capsule Discovered in Maine National Cemetery Monument
VA contracted Consigli Construction of Milford, MA, to restore the "1889 Soldiers and Sailors Obelisk," a monument located in the west section of the Maine National Cemetery. On June 18, 2010 while performing restoration work, they discovered a time capsule that consisted of a metal box welded shut. Workers also discovered the bowl of a smoking pipe and a bottle with a paper inside listing the names of five Maine employees and Veterans. VA historians examined the contents of the box and found newspapers, photos and four annual reports from the Maine National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers. The articles were dated to around the time of the monument dedication which took place September 15, 1889. VA filled a new time capsule with modern items as well as photos and descriptions of the artifacts found in the old time capsule and placed it inside the newly restored monument in a ceremony on September 15, the 121st anniversary of the original monument dedication. Acting Under-Secretary for Memorial Affairs Steve Muro officiated at the re-dedication ceremony which also had Civil War re-enactors in attendance.