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Episode 002: The Mystery of the Library Time Capsule

In 1986 a time capsule was discovered in an office closet at the Burbank Central Library. The copper box had been unearthed when the old library was demolished in the early 1960s, but rather than being opened it was stored in a closet and forgotten for nearly a quarter of a century. What was found inside when it was finally opened you ask? Listen below to find out!

Transcript of Episode 002 - The Mystery of the Copper Box

PDF of the April 3, 1911 "News from Burbank" Includes bonus articles about a high school debate competition and a baseball game between high school students and business men.

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Mayor Mary Kelsey announces the exhumed contents to the crowd gathered on the steps of City Hall. Marc Gillenson unearths fragile documents from their copper container. Discover more pictures of the ceremony by clicking here.One item in the timecapsule that manages to survive today is a 1932 map of the city produced by the Chamber of Commerce. To view a larger version of the map, click here.



"CAPSULE TO BE OPENED IN 2011; CEREMONY HIGHLIGHTS OLD, NEW." Burbank Leader, November 25, 1986, p. A-2.

"FORGETTABLE FACTS CRUMBLE OUT OF BURIED PAST." Los Angeles Times, January 11, 1987 pp. 4, 8.


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