Last year we retrieved the time capsule from the Holy Cross Collinsville cornerstone which was a fascinating process to watch. Stone masons came with the masonry saw and worked and worked to determine where the opening for the capsule might be. When it was finally visible it turned out to be a copper box with mostly paper inside. Newspaper, church papers, information from 1915 papers. And, they were all in pretty bad shape from being in a cement cornerstone which was porous and allowed moisture to seep in even through the copper box. We put the box in a safe place until we had an expert in touching old paper come to do the actual opening.
Yesterday another couple of workers set out to remove the time capsule from the KFUO radio station building's cornerstone before the building is demolished. In this case, the entire building is going to come down so it wasn't necessary to be overly careful about upsetting the balance of the building or to worry about messing up too many bricks. These men went about it differently. They used a small front loader with a hydralic jackhammer to loosen the bricks around the cornerstone. Then a second man used a crowbar to pull out the bricks. We didn't know where exactly the time capsule would be, at Holy Cross it was inside the actual cornerstone. In the case of KFUO it actually sat underneath the cornerstone. But there it was, another copper box.
Just like at Holy Cross we did not open this box immediately but took it over to the Concordia Historical Institute which is also on the seminary campus. It will stay safe there until a representatives from the entities which have been a part of The Lutheran Hour, KFUO, the synod and seminary can see the opening. Also, it should be handled by someone who has experience in old fragile things. Hopefully it will not be filled with old books and newspaper, but that is what was commonly done 100 years ago.