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100-year-old Pa. museum time capsule found spoiled

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The Dickinson Press
100-year-old Pa. museum time capsule found spoiled
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PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Western Pennsylvania officials were hoping for a grand unveiling of a century-old time capsule over the weekend, but they say both the capsule and their plans were spoiled.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review says the copper container was removed from the cornerstone of the 100-year-old Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh last week. But inside, officials found 11 cents in change, two lead soldiers, a tattered silk flag -- and rotted news pulp, Confederate currency and photographs.

Officials say the lid of the cornerstone was apparently never soldered shut so moisture got in. Museum officials plan to try to save what they can, and next year entomb a new capsule to be opened by Pittsburghers of the early 22nd century.