Amidst the noise and bustle of construction at St. Mary's workers made a unique find. A capsule hidden behind a cornerstone for almost 60 years, workers knew right away it was something special.
"Picked it up meticulously put it in a box and gave it to me," says Rob Jenkins, St. Mary's Owner Representative for the Century Project.
Sister Barbara Aldrich with St. Mary's carefully looked over each item. "The surprises are just wonderful." Inside the time capsule was an old news paper from Sunday morning May 14, 1950. There were also several typed lists, naming all the doctors, employees, and donors to the hospital. "Lincoln schools fifth grade class(donated), $2.50," says Aldrich.
A look back in time shows us in 1950 a carton of cigarettes cost $1.52. Republicans were on the move in Colorado and the Sunday edition of the paper cost 10 cents. The rest of the items were personal mementos from the hospital's first sisters.
"In 1950 a holy card to a sister was one of her most prized possessions," says Aldrich. Another prized possession for a sister would have been small statues, like those found in the capsule.
Aldrich says, "Those were really valued."
With the completion of St. Mary's Century Project drawing near, the hospital will once again bury a time capsule and ask their employees to put something they hold special inside. Aldrich says, "In this day of doing time capsules so much, its so purposeful when you put things in but you never think of what its going to be like when people take them out."
The hospital has not yet decided what to do with the contents of the time capsule, they might be put on display or put back into the new time capsule.