|Moses Gulesian cabinet card|
The time capsule exhibit will be up for just one more week, so now is the time to visit the Old State House to check it out! If you can't make it into
Boston to see these artifacts, I hope you have enjoyed learning more about the displayed items through our blog posts
. In this post, I'll showcase the displayed items that pertain to the 1901 restoration of the Old State House, which
includes paraphenalia from city officials and skilled tradesmen who worked on the restoration.
In two of the earliest entries
on our blog, guest author Donald J. Tellalian shared some of his research on Moses
Gulesian, who was the manufacturer of the lion and unicorn statues that were placed on the Old State House in 1901. Back in July,
we did not have an image of Gulesian to include with the blog entries, so imagine our happy surprise when we opened up the
time capsule and found this well-preserved cabinet card depicting Gulesian. It was a treat to include a photograph of the man who was so important to the restoration of the lion and unicorn in the exhibit.
We also choose to display a photograph that depicts the key individuals connected to the Old State House's restoration
project. The group photograph was taken on Waltham Street in Boston on February 18, 1901. When we assembled the new
time capsule in November 2014, we made sure to continue this tradition by including photographs of current restoration
work teams from Commodore Builders and Skylight Studios, and the Old State Restoration Project team. Also on display are
the business card for John A.W. Silver, the Deputy Superintendent of Public Buildings for the City of Boston, and the
business card for Samuel D. Rogers, head of S.D. Rogers and Company Carpenters and Builders. There were other personal
items related to these two men in the time capsule, so we believe that it is likely that they were
instrumental in assembling the contents of the time capsule.
|Group photograph of 1900-1901 restoration team|
|S.D. Rogers and John Silver business cards|
Lastly, the display includes a piece of the wooden lion statue that was removed from the Old State House in 1900. The
wooden lion and unicorn statues were placed atop the Old State House in 1882, and within less than 20 years they needed to be
replaced by the copper ones made by Gulesian and his team. We do not know where the wooden statues ended up, so we feel lucky that a piece of the unicorn was included in the time capsule.
|Piece of wooden lion statue, removed from the Old State House in 1901|
Check back next week to learn about the last group of items on display!
By Elizabeth Roscio, Library and Archives Manager