Tuesday, April 13, 2004

75-year-old time capsule to be opened Wednesday

By Angela T. Koenig
Enquirer contributor

WESTWOOD - This Cincinnati neighborhood hopes to get a glimpse of life 75 years ago, when community leaders open a time capsule discovered during a demolition.

"We don't have any great expectations that it will be lots of money or anything like that. We'll be glad with whatever comes out of it," said Liz Kissel, president of the Westwood Historical Society.

The capsule was found last year during the demolition of what was originally the Westwood Savings Bank at Harrison and Boudinot avenues, she said. The building was demolished to make way for a new Walgreen's store.

Members of the Westwood Civic Association worked with developers to save portions of the original limestone for future use as a decorative streetscape structure, she said.

"Then someone noticed that there might be something sealed inside the cornerstone," she said.

Time capsules are commonly found in cornerstones and usually contain paper items and occasionally photographs, said Scott Gampfer, director of history collections and preservation at the Cincinnati Museum Center.

Gampfer, who has been present for more than a dozen time-capsule openings, said this one is typical of copper box capsules that predate the 1940s. He speculates that the contents will relate to the bank's opening and community leaders and events of the time.

That is, if the contents have not been ruined by moisture, he said.

"You can't really tell until you get it opened," he said.

The capsule opening will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, at the WiladeMansion in front of Judson Village Retirement Community, 2373 Harrison Avenue. A social hour begins at 6 p.m.

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