Franciscan Sisters Open Cornerstone Metal Box

by fscc on September 21, 2015

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Community Director Sister Natalie Binversie sent out a recent news release from Archivist Sister Caritas Strodthoff regarding our 1873 cornerstone.

Last Friday, September 18, 2015, our 1873 cornerstone…placed 147 years ago…was chiseled out of its corner of the building!! The numbers could no longer be read! Yes, a metal box was found imbedded in the center, bottom of the stone!

CONTENTS: several different coins

Franciscan Sister Cornerstone metal box
Paper money: 50 cents, 10 cents, 15 centsFranciscan Sisters Cornerstone Money

Papers folded over with an image on the front and German words on the back.

More news to follow as the coins get cleaned.

Money looks like this. This is what it originally looked like.


2 thoughts on “Franciscan Sisters Open Cornerstone Metal Box”

  1. Nora says:

    What an amazing find. I wonder why they put money in the box? Were there any artifacts besides? I am wondering what would I put in a time capsule? Thanks for sharing. Nora

  2. annemarielom says:

    It is so interesting to see this process “up close and personal”. The coins are most enduring; the paper money is disintegrating quickly. We are now discussing what to place in our cornerstone before it is once again sealed for our posterity! Any suggestions?

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