Throwback Thursday: a surprise time capsule discovery at Soldiers Field Park

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On November 20, 1998, workers carefully moved the eagle monument at Soldiers Field in Rochester in preparation for the construction of the current memorial.

When they moved the monument, which had been dedicated in August of 1951, they unexpectedly discovered a time capsule.Unfortunately, water had found its way into the capsule and destroyed most of its paper contents, though an American Legion hat was also present.

The new memorial wouldn’t be dedicated until the summer of 2000.

This photo comes from the extensive archives at the History Center of Olmsted County.

Jacob Murphey

Jacob Murphey

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