Greenwich history uncovered in 1895 time capsule

This afternoon, Friday, March 11, The First Congregational Church of Greenwich uncovered the time capsule placed in the cornerstone of the church on Oct. 29, 1895.

The copper box contained a copy of the Oct. 29, 1894 authorization of the church building; the name and installation date of the current pastor; the names of officers and members of the church, Sunday school, Christian Endeavor Society and Ecclesiastical Society; a report in the 1895 meeting of the American Board of Foreign Missions; copies dated from 1895 of the Congregationalist, Outlook, New York Tribune, Brooklyn Eagle, Stamford Advocate, and Greenwich News; and many more historical documents.

TimeCapsule4506First Congregational Church of Greenwich’s pastor, Rev. Richard S. DenUyl Jr., said he was surprised by the age of the items uncovered, “It was a shock for us! We were expecting the box to contain items that were only 50-years old, so to find items that are over a century old is incredible!”

The church will be establishing a new time capsule on April 24, 2016 that will be uncovered 50 years from now in 2056.

For more information, call the church at 203-637-1791 or visit the church website:


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