SALT LAKE CITY (June 13, 2017) – Today the Salt Lake Chamber placed a time capsule into the original cornerstone of the Commercial Club Building. The new time capsule replaces the 108-year-old time capsule Commercial Club members hid away on July 5th, 1909.

“What a historic day,” said Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber. “When the first time capsule was placed in 1909, the Commercial Club Building was heralded as a sign of community progress and a show of strength for the Beehive State’s burgeoning business community. Now, here we are 108 years later, and Utah is known for being the best state for business and one of the top economies in the country. We are proud of the Salt Lake Chamber’s role in Utah’s business and economic success, and we’re excited to preserve some of our history for future generations.”

The original time capsule was removed from its hiding place, with the help of Abstract Masonry Restoration, on April 18th, 2017. Inside the 108-year-old copper box was a well preserved Holy Bible, a 1909 Commercial Club Year Book, a typewritten copy of the address given at the cornerstone laying, business cards from the contractors who helped construct the building, and a copy of the Commercial Club’s 1909 complaint against the railroad companies.

The new time capsule, like the original, was handcrafted out of Kennecott copper. Marc Cameron, managing director of Rio Tinto Kennecott said, “This is the second time capsule that Kennecott has provided, which symbolizes the longevity of our business and our relationship with the Chamber. That partnership is built on shared values that begin with a love of our community and our desire for it to succeed.”

When the time capsule is opened on the Salt Lake Chamber’s 200th Anniversary in 2087, members of the future chamber will find several pictures, copies of the Chamber’s history book and 2017 policy guide, a message from Chamber President Lane Beattie to the future president, predictions for the future, several Chamber coins, a pin from the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, newspaper clippings and other items intended to preserve the Chamber’s history.

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Contact: Kimberly Flores


Salt Lake Chamber entomb time capsule to be opened in 70 years, ABC 4 Utah

S.L. Chamber places new time capsule in building’s cornerstone, Deseret News

Time capsule installed in cornerstone of old Salt Lake skyscraper, Fox 13 Salt Lake City

Do not open until 2087: Salt Lake Chamber replaces time capsule, The Salt Lake Tribune