Governor reveals items in 2015 time capsule

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JEFFERSON CITY - Hundreds gathered at the State Capitol to witness history.

On Friday, visitors celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Missouri State Capitol Cornerstone and got the chance to hear the items that will be included in the 2015 time capsule.

Some of the items included are an iPhone, a copy of an ACT test, a photo from the aftermath of the Joplin tornado, baseballs autographed by players of the Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals.

"Over the past 100 years, new technologies may have transformed our daily lives and our economy," Gov. Nixon said. "I'm certain those changes will occur over the next 100 years."

The contents of a 1915 time capsule found in the Capitol were revealed June 18. Records show some of the items include Missouri newspapers and a copy of the amendment to the state constitution authority the construction of the then new Capitol.

1915 was an important year in the construction of the Capitol, with the original members of the
Missouri State Capitol Commission directing decisions including choosing the stone for the Capitol's famous columns and addressing acoustics.

During his speech, Gov. Nixon addressed the $40 million bond that was approved by the General Assembly to repair the aging Capitol.

"This investment is a great beginning and we all know it must be just the beginning of our continuing commitment as a state to keep this part of our history alive," Gov. Nixon said.

Masons from Grand Lodge of Missouri and M.W. Prince Hall Grand Lodge were in attendance.
Their organizations had participated in the laying of the original cornerstone in 1915. During the ceremony, they inspected and blessed the new cornerstone that will be used to seal the time capsule.

The new time capsule will not be opened until 2115.