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Oct 23, 2015 4:42 PM

Old time capsule unexpectedly found at Lebanon's city hall

The Associated Press

LEBANON — Workers repairing the front steps of a New Hampshire city hall unearthed an unexpected find— a time capsule believed to have been buried more than a half-century ago.

The Valley News reports the "capsule," which actually is an old brown whiskey jug, will be publicly opened on Nov. 4 before a Lebanon city council meeting.

Officials say the capsule appears to hold a coin and a rolled-up newspaper.

Lebanon City Historian Ed Ashey says he hopes the capsule dates back to 1924, when Lebanon erected its city hall building, but agrees it's unlikely that someone would have a whiskey bottle to bury during Prohibition.

Dates aren't visible on the newspaper clippings, but city officials believe the capsule could've been placed during a renovation of the city hall's steps in 1941.


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