On the one-year anniversary of the new long-term care facility High Pointe – a blast from the past. Employees at the Buffalo nursing home opened a 101-year-old time capsule - that had been in the cornerstone of the old building on Humboldt Parkway. As YNN's Katie Morse tells us, it was discovered this weekend as the old building was being torn down, and it's highlighting the center's history.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Inside this 101-year-old time capsule, pieces of history.
As employees at the now High Pointe on Michigan looked on in awe, they saw pieces of the past in the capsule that had been buried in the cornerstone of their old workplace.
"On Friday afternoon, we received a phone call telling us they had removed the cornerstone from the Deaconess Center, which is currently under demolition, and in there they discovered a time capsule," said Dawn Gammack, High Pointe Assistant Administrator.
It was buried in 1911, at the former Deaconess German Hospital. Over the years, it transitioned from a hospital to a long-term care facility, and moved from Humboldt Parkway to the new building on Michigan Avenue, now called High Pointe.
Inside, the facility's history could be seen.
"A pile of papers that unfortunately had decomposed over the years, but they were multiple newspapers from September 1911, some of which highlighted articles about the erection and development of the cornerstone and the building."
Two employees who've been with the facility since 1973 helped open the capsule. They say, hearing about the hospital's past, makes them realize that even though things - and places - have changed, the values Deaconess had back then are still around today.
"I think that's still here. I really do, 'cause we all care for the patients we have here. That's our job to do our job," said Gloria Sanders.
"It's sort of that part of knowing we're continuing on a tradition into the future. We carry on many of the same traditions we did at the Deaconess here at the High Pointe."
Something that made this day even more special - in 2011 when these employees were getting ready to move into this new building, they actually created their own time capsule, without even knowing about this one. So maybe in 101 years, that one will be opened as well.