QUINCY -- Bob Winters remembers the large crowd that gathered in 1970 for the cornerstone opening and ceremony at Temple B'Nai Sholom.
That event helped celebrate the temple's centennial and the items placed in the cornerstone by temple members in 1869.
Fifty years later, the Quincy man and a small crowd gathered Wednesday to mark the temple's sesquicentennial by opening the time capsule, placed in the cornerstone in 1970.
Winters watched as the items were displayed -- photographs; newspapers and newspaper clippings, including a page from the May 17, 1970, Quincy Herald-Whig; coins; a temple calendar; a centennial program and invitation; letters and an audiotape made by Myron Kirsch, president of the temple at the time.
Temple member Carla Gordon said, "It takes me back in time. It confirms that the congregation was strong and healthy and looked to the future and that they had a really good idea of what they felt was important for us to see 50 years down the road."
The temple worked with Rupp Masonry Construction Co. to remove the cornerstone and time capsule housed in a copper box.
Advance preparations sawed all around the cornerstone and removed the bricks right above it, then "walked it back and forth" to get into position to pick it up with a forklift, Justin Rupp said.
"We've done a couple of these around town," Rupp said. "We appreciate the opportunity to do it."
With temple members watching from lawn chairs, the forklift slid out the cornerstone, freeing the capsule, which was soldered shut. Rupp used a grinder to cut open the seams, providing an opportunity for temple members to satisfy their curiosity about what was inside.
Viewing pieces of the temple's history was "so emotional," Gordon said. "I only hope that they had as much excitement opening up the centennial container as it meant to our modest little gathering here."