Council opens time capsule letters from 1969
CAMBRIDGE — Dorchester County Council members, during a recent meeting, unsealed letters addressed to them, which were found in a recently-unearthed time capsule buried 50 years ago in Cambridge.
The time capsule, sealed and buried in 1969, was excavated during Dorchester’s 300th anniversary celebration along historic High Street on Sept. 22.
The 3-foot tall metal cabinet held countless letters, composition books and various other items through which the county sifted before distributing them to their intended recipients.
Council President William Nichols opened and read each letter, one of which detailed the family history of the person who penned it.
Another letter, which was written,
signed and sealed by the Dorchester Council of ‘69, contained a county budget and expenditures print-out.
Nichols said it was “just amazing how the budget looks compared to now,” nodding to the roughly $3.7 million total budget figure listed on the page — a far cry from the county’s 2019-2020 budget of $59.3 million.
The letter also contained a “crisp” $1 bill printed in 1963.
The Dorchester County Office of Tourism said the county already has plans for a new time capsule to be filled and sealed for another 50 years in the near future.
Dorchester County Councilman Ricky Travers, left, Councilman Lenny Pfeffer, left-center, Council President William Nichols, right-center, and Councilwoman Libby Nagel, right, during a recent meeting, open letters from a time capsule sealed in 1969.