A prominent Central Illinois family is unveiling history. The Ewing family of Bloomington opened a 90-year-old time capsule Thursday morning.
Family members from seven different states came together to witness the memories Davis and Hazle Ewing put in the time capsule back in 1928.
“When I first saw it, I was overwhelmed with happiness and emotions because i had heard about this all my life and now I was finally able to see it,” said Great-Great Grandson Trey Garza III.
The box had been hidden in the outer wall of the sunset hill estate and after family members believed the rumor of a time capsule to be true, it was opened Thursday on the 90th anniversary.
“It was amazing, said granddaughter Sandra Ewing-Warner. “I was anxious to see what came out of there because we had heard about it all of our lives.”
There were gold coins, pictures and articles but the family members were over run with emotions by a personal letter written to them by Davis. The letter revealed how each of the family lines came to be and mentioned that some of the Ewing kids had been adopted.
Director of the Ewing Center, Toni Tucker said the day was also emotional for her. She has been researching the family for some time and to actually see the different generations was eye opening.
“I had never met any of them until today,” said Tucker. “When they learned of the time capsule opening they all wanted to come back and see because this is their roots, their legacy.”
The family plans to make this a tradition, they will be placing another time capsule somewhere at the house and will bury it in the next month.