July, 2015

Walsh Brothers Assists with Massachusetts State House Corner Stone Deposit

The time capsule that was removed from the State House in December was replaced on Wednesday, June 17th, with a formal ceremony on the State House lawn that closely emulated the historically documented ceremony presided over by Governor Samuel Adams and Paul Revere in 1795, when the time capsule was first deposited into the cornerstone.

The event included a parade of over 1,000 freemasons, music performed by a Fife and Drum Corps, a 19 gun salute and speeches by Governor Charlie Baker, Secretary of State William Galvin, and Harvey Waugh, current Grand Master of the Massachusetts Grand Lodge of Masons. After Masonic leaders performed an ancient ritual for the laying of a cornerstone in a public building, Michael Comeau, Executive Director of The Massachusetts Archives, and Pamela Hatchfield, Head of Objects conservation at the Museum of Fine Arts placed the capsule, including new contents - a 2015 U.S. mint coin set and a silver plaque commemorating Wednesday's event - into the cornerstone. Walsh Brothers own Jim Guiry had the honor of sealing the cornerstone, and the following day, Walsh Brothers reset the four granite stones at the corner of the State House. Walsh Brothers is honored to have been involved in such an historic event.