Time Capsule From 1966 Found at Old Mental Health Center - WBAY

Time Capsule From 1966 Found at Old Mental Health Center


A time capsule from the 1960s is found during the demolition of the old Brown County Mental Health Center.

It was opened Wednesday morning at the Neville Public Museum in Green Bay.

On the outside, the box may not look that interesting, but inside, it holds pieces of Green Bay history.

"It was delivered here to the Neville, so we could open it safely and try to understand what's inside of it. It's a copper box. It has phenomenal construction," explained Beth Lemke, the director of the Neville Public Museum.

The time capsule was discovered in the corner stone of the old Brown County Mental Health Center during the demolition earlier this month.

It was put there in 1966.

"We had a request to save the year marker, the stone. So, on one of my routine trips out there I drove up and found the stone. I removed some of the rubble and I looked inside this hollow brick, there this copper box was," said Robert Bousley, the operations manager for Brown County Public Works.

When it was opened this morning, it revealed a glimpse of the past-- annual reports and documents that show how mental health patients were treated in the 60s and what the hospital offered the community.

Soon the time capsule and what's inside will go on display case at the Neville Public Museum and the director here says it actually tells a larger story about what was going on with mental health in the 1960s.

"There's some documentation that cites John F. Kennedy's federal legislation in 1963 of the community mental health act. What we're seeing in the Brown County hospital as a direct response in the shift of public perception of how to help people," explained Lemke.

Lemke says it's pretty rare to get to open a time capsule.

You can see what inside when it goes on display in the next few weeks.


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