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Peterborough, Ont., opens time capsule from 1864

A time capsule buried underground in 1864 was opened in the city of Peterborough on Friday, providing a glimpse into life in the Ontario town before the time of Canada's Confederation.

Large sealed glass jar was buried with newspaper, coins and photographs 152 years ago

Basia Baklinski, conservator from Lang Pioneer Village Museum, handles the time capsule. (Sheridan Graham/Peterborough County)

A time capsule buried underground in 1864 was opened in the city of Peterborough on Friday, providing a glimpse into life in the Ontario town before the time of Canada's Confederation.

The capsule was located by Peterborough staff beneath the site of the old Peterborough County Jail, based on research of the building and the help of local residents and historians. The large, sealed glass jar was placed there at the start of the structure's construction.

Items included minutes of Peterborough County Council, coins, photos, a copy of The Peterborough Examiner newspaper, and other documents. (Sheridan Graham/Peterborough County)

Opened by a member of the Lang Pioneer Village Museum, items included minutes of Peterborough County Council, coins, photos, a copy of The Peterborough Examiner dated June 9, 1864, and other documents.

"What a great day for Peterborough County and City," said Peterborough Mayor Daryl Bennett, who was on hand for the capsule's opening, among other officials.

There are plans to catalogue and research all the items with the intent on creating an exhibit at the Peterborough County Courthouse.

The copy of The Peterborough Examiner was dated June 9, 1864. (Sheridan Graham/Peterborough County)

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