While working on a committee getting ready for the observance of the 100th anniversary of Holy Cross's building, we uncovered quite a few interesting pieces in the archive room yesterday. There are lots and lots of boxes filled with documents and letters and old bills, but also boxes with 'things' in them. My favorite find was 3 pewter offering plates which were used in the Holy Cross's first two buildings beginning in 1848.
They are shallow plates and each is dated-1741, 1781 and 1847. Best guess is that the oldest two were brought over by someone who immigrated from Germany shortly before the church was founded. Then the 1847 plate was added possibly for the dedication of the first church building. I was so happily surprised to find these.
Also, we uncovered the actual trowel used to mortar in the cornerstone of the current church back in 1914. This was used when the cornerstone was dedicated and building was about to begin. Somewhere along the line someone in more modern times decided this trowel should be painted a metallic gold to highlight its specialness like they do with ground breaking shovels these days. It's unlikely anyone in 1915 had access to gold metallic paint.