122 years and the wait continues to look at time capsule’s contents

Hale Memorial Church time capsule
Hale Memorial Church time capsule(25 News Now/Heart of Illinois ABC)
Published: Sep. 20, 2022 at 7:51 PM CDT
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PEORIA (25 News Now) - It was September 20, 1900. William McKinley was the U.S. President and a time capsule was sealed at Hale Memorial Church in Peoria’s West Bluff.

Exactly, 122 years later, the time capsule was opened but the public will have to wait to learn what was inside.

Church owner KDB Group was unable to save the church, which fell into disrepair, but the company sought to preserve the time capsule.

The container, found in a cornerstone of the old church, was opened at an event Tuesday at Scottish Rite Theatre, another KDB property. However, the curator found the contents to be too delicate and decided to unpack the box in a lab. Only some crumbling newspapers could be seen. It’s believed there’s a Bible, some coins and other artifacts inside.

Hale Memorial Church time capsule
Hale Memorial Church time capsule(25 News Now/Heart of Illinois ABC)

“There’s a lot of connection back to Peoria through this time capsule and once we expose more information, I think it’s going to enlighten us about that time era.”  said Greg Birkland, KDB Group’s president and chief executive officer.

Information about items discovered in the time capsule will be posted on KDB’s Scottish Rite Theatre website.