Historical time capsule found at CenterPointe construction site

Placed in a cornerstone of an old nursing school built in 1928

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A celebration of pioneering women.  That’s what Father Justin Fulton, of the Lincoln Diocese, is calling the time capsule found hidden in the wall of a nursing school constructed in 1928.  The location of the nursing school was near 11th and South street.

The time capsule was placed there by sisters from The Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration, an order which began in Olpe, Germany in 1863.  The sisters were there at request of the Lincoln Bishop, Bishop Thomas Bonacum to create a hospital in Lincoln.  In 1889 they created St. Elizabeth hospital, the same hospital that is still in operation today (in a new location).

Creating the hospital was not easy.  They had no funds from the Diocese to support the hospital or themselves, but the sisters persevered and by 1928 they had a second building that was dedicated to training nurses.  That building was where construction crews working for CenterPointe found the time capsule hidden behind the cornerstone of the building.

Father Fulton believes the sisters wanted to tell whoever found the time capsule in the future, “They wanted to tell a story and that they served their God by serving people, and that’s articulated in some of the artifacts we have here today.”

Some of those artifacts include newspapers from the Omaha World Herald and the Omaha Bee, a medallion of St. Joseph, and a cross that is believed to have been on an altar.

The order the sisters were with is no longer in Lincoln, but it does still exist in Colorado Springs.  Father Fulton believes that, while the sisters are no longer here, their legacy and impact still lives on.

“Their legacy is here. There love is here. You cannot go out and touch love, but you see the effects of love… at CHI St. Elizabeth here in town, CHI Nebraska Heart, and then also what work CenterPoint is going to be doing in the building they built and CenterPointe is restoring.”

The Father also likened the work CenterPointe is doing, helping those battling mental illness and substance addiction, to the work the sisters did all those years ago.

President and CEO of CenterPointe was humbled to hear that saying, “To then have that comment made about the work is humbling and gives me humility in the work that we’re doing.”

The time capsule and its artifacts will be thoroughly cataloged and combed through by people at the Lincoln Diocese, which is where the capsule and the artifacts will remain.

 

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