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Vance Monument Time Capsule Collection


On December 22, 1897, the cornerstone for a granite obelisk honoring former governor, senator, and Buncombe County native, Zebulon B. Vance, was laid at Pack Square in downtown Asheville. The cornerstone contained a time capsule. In 2008, a professional conservator determined that the monument was in need of restoration.In 2012, the non-profit organization, 26th North Carolina Regiment, partnered with the city and the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources (now the Department of Natural and Cultural Resoures) to raise restoration funds. In March 2015, with restoration work approaching, the time capsule was located and removed. Because the monument shifted over time, the time capsule ... (more below)

Title

Vance Monument Time Capsule Collection

Collection Number

PC.7014

Abstract

On December 22, 1897, the cornerstone for a granite obelisk honoring former governor, senator, and Buncombe County native, Zebulon B. Vance, was laid at Pack Square in downtown Asheville. The cornerstone contained a time capsule. In 2008, a professional conservator determined that the monument was in need of restoration.

In 2012, the non-profit organization, 26th North Carolina Regiment, partnered with the city and the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources (now the Department of Natural and Cultural Resoures) to raise restoration funds. In March 2015, with restoration work approaching, the time capsule was located and removed. Because the monument shifted over time, the time capsule was damaged. The documents it held were wet, but in remarkably good shape. The items were removed and taken to the conservation room at the Western Office of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources in Oteen for preservation and treatment.

This collection contains, but is not limited to, newspapers, programs, periodicals, lists of officials and schoolchildren, and City of Asheville and Masonic publications.

Creator

Unknown

Repository

Western Regional Archives, State Archives of North Carolina


Collection is arranged by type of material. Oversized items are in flat storage.


Copyright is retained by the authors of these materials, or their descendants, as stipulated by the

United States copyright law (Title 17 US Code). Individual researchers are responsible for using

these materials in conformance with copyright law as well as any donor restrictions

accompanying this photograph.


Initial processing by Robert Nowland, Summer, 2016.


On December 22, 1897, the cornerstone for a granite obelisk honoring former governor, Civil War colonel, U.S. Senator, and Buncombe County native, Zebulon B. Vance (1830 - 1894), was laid by the Masonic community at Pack Square in downtown Asheville, and in the cornerstone was placed a time capsule. In 2008, the city enlisted the services of a professional conservator who determined that due to natural degradation over time, the Vance Monument was in need of restoration.

In 2012, the non-profit organization, 26th North Carolina Regiment, partnered with the city and the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources (now the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources) and began to raise funds for the monument's restoration. Funds received included $50,000 from the Vetust Study Club, $115,000 from Civil War re-enactors, $11,000 from the City itself, and the money raised by the 26th North Carolina Regiment. In March 2015, with restoration work approaching, the time capsule was located and removed. Because the monument had shifted over the years, the copper box used to house the items was damaged.

Asheville officials contacted the Western Regional Archives and lead archivist Heather South was on hand for the time capsule's unearthing. The documents inside (including the program from the laying of the cornerstone in 1897, newspapers, and a list of Asheville officials) were wet, but in remarkably good shape. Bound volumes, such as a Bible and a Masonic code book, didn't fare as well. The books, newspapers, programs, rosters, and four silver coins were removed from the copper box and taken to the conservation room at the Western Office of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, on Riceville Road in Oteen. The damp paper items were gently unfolded and placed on drying racks. Smaller items were later scanned in-house, and oversized items were sent to Western Carolina University. Depending on need, some documents may have received additional treatment.

Following renovations, the monument was rededicated on June 6, 2015. A new time capsule, containing items from the original copper 1897 box and new additions, was placed under the monument September 18, 2015 with plans to open it in 2115. Citizen input was solicited, and among the items selected for inclusion were stickers and coasters that reflect Asheville's many breweries, an Asheville Tourists schedule, and a citizen roll-call, signed by 1,000 people.


Donated by the City of Asheville in 2015.


This collection contains newspapers, programs, periodicals, lists of officials and schoolchildren, and City of Asheville and Masonic publications.


  • Vance, Zebulon Baird, 1830-1894
  • Monuments
  • Time capsules
  • Asheville (N.C.)

Copper box

Proceedings of Grand Commandery of the Knights Templar of the State of North Carolina

Proceedings of the Grand Lodge of North Carolina

Proceedings of the Grand Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons of North Carolina

Charter of the City of Asheville, ratfied March 13, 1895

Masonic Code Book (cover is separated and stored in a separate box)

Code of the City of Asheville adopted May 6, 1887

Holy Bible

Program of the Laying of the Corner Stone

Newspaper clipping "Monument History"

 Asheville College Monthly, November 1897

 Asheville News and Hotel Reporter, July 1897

 Epworth News, November 15, 1897

List of Asheville City Officials

Roll of Honor, Asheville City Schools, November 1897

List of members, Zebulon Vance Chapter, United Confederate Veterans

 Asheville Daily Gazette, December 22, 1897

 Asheville Register, December 17, 1897

 The Colored Enterprise, December 18, 1897

 Asheville Daily Citizen, December 21. 1897

Muster Roll for Company F, N.C. 14th Regiment "Rough and Ready Guards," for the period of October 1, 1861 to December 31, 1861