The steeple at First Parish Church in Dorchester will be removed for renovation either this weekend or next. If you are interested in seeing the steeple being removed by crane, watch the City Record and Boston News-Letter for further updates or email me and I will send you an email update when the plans are definite. As church historian, I will be present for the opening of the time capsule that is located in a sphere just under the weather vane (click to enlarge the above photo and you will see the sphere). I'm not sure what we will find inside the tin box, but my guess is a church membership list from 1896, news clippings of the fifth meeting house burning down, and materials from the 1830s, when the original time capsule from 1816 (the year of the construction of the fifth meeting house) was replaced after the steeple was struck by lightning.
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