Wednesday, January 19, 2011

ALCO Time Capsule Opened

The first chapters of my book talk about Schenectady, NY during WWII. My grandfather worked as a welder at the American Locomotive Company. In 1943 there was a huge parade and celebration to honor the company for its work in building a secret weapon, the M-7 "Priest." During the ceremony a time capsule was buried in the little park in front of what is now Schenectady County Community College's Elston Hall. I was wondering if the time capsule was opened since then. My mom recently found an Aril 1993 article showing that it was. After 50 years the items had been ruined by water damage. Tools, photos, blue prints and a flag were all destroyed. These would have been great historic objects. Too bad they weren't simply preserved in a museum or library, rather than being buried in the ground!

Above photo: M-7 Day speeches and time capsule ceremony held in front of what was then the Hotel Van Curler, Schenectady, NY, April 10, 1943.

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