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Spanish-American War memorabilia sought for Buffalo time capsule

Historical documents and photographs are being sought for the “The Hiker” statue time capsule that will be reburied at Roosevelt Square in anticipation of Memorial Day.

The Spanish-American War monument was erected in 1920 at Roosevelt Square on Main Street. In March 2014, contractor Mark Cerrone’s team found the sealed, deteriorated, copper time capsule in the foundation of the statue as crews worked on a project to return car traffic to Main Street. Included in the capsule were front pages of newspapers from May 29, 1920, a commemorative program of the dedication; and "The Booklet," by the Hiker.

Now, Mayor Byron W. Brown, the Buffalo Arts Commission and the Buffalo History Museum want to replenish a new capsule with contemporary items, along with historical photographs and documents of Buffalo area veterans of the Spanish-American War. Examples include photographs of veterans, draft cards, letters from battle campaigns in the Pacific and Caribbean, and citations of military valor and decorations.

Those who possess Spanish-American War memorabilia, with local ties, are encouraged to contact the Buffalo Arts Commission office at 851-5027 or All items will be authenticated by historians with expertise in archival documents.

Time capsule from ‘The Hiker’ offers insight into 1920

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