Coun­cil opens time cap­sule let­ters from 1969

Dorchester Star - - FRONT PAGE - By CANDICE SPEC­TOR cspec­tor@ches­pub.com

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.

PHOTO BY CANDICE SPEC­TOR

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.

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