Time capsule from 1906 opened, Methodist History unveiled

Published: Oct. 6, 2017

The year was 1903, officials with Methodist Hospital had finalized plans to build a new hospital at 36th & Cuming, having outgrown the space at the first Omaha hospital at 20th & Harney.

The new hospital was going to be state-of-art for that time period and leadership and supporters of the new venture wanted something to remember this special event in Methodist’s history. To do so, leaders opted to gather items for a time capsule, which was buried on the 36th & Cuming site in 1906.

Fast forward 111 years, and that piece of Methodist history was recently uncovered during the demolition of the Salvation Army site, which purchased the property from Methodist for $1 back in 1990.

Workers found the copper box, presented it to Salvation Army officials, who returned the time capsule back home to Methodist Hospital on Thursday.

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