Did the Contents Survive?

Removed from its niche beneath the cornerstone, the time capsule is brought to the Rochester Museum & Science Center for examination.

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Boroscopy

 

A High-Tech Peep Hole

With help from a local optics company, conservators looked inside the copper container using a tiny fiber-optic camera called a boroscope. Carefully inserted in a small hole made when the box was extracted, the boroscope gave the first glimpses of the contents in vivid detail. And good news: everthing inside looked to be perfectly preserved 126 years later.

 

Boroscopy

"It was remarkable..."
Ralph Wiegandt

 
Frame of Boroscopy

"There on top..."

Ralph Wiegandt

Ralph Wiegandt
Conservator
Rochester Museum & Science Center

Lea Kemp
"What we're seeing in the box..."
 

Lea Kemp
Librarian/Archivist
Rochester Museum & Science Center