Out with the Old-- Local attorney takes part in time capsule opening

By Jo Mathis

Legal News

Ann Arbor Attorney Scott Munzel is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and a history buff.

So he was excited to attend a time capsule ceremony at the Memorial Christian Church in Ann Arbor, which he represents.

In 1923, the angular stone church was deconstructed and rebuilt at 730 Tappan to make way for the construction of the University of Michigan Law School.

"They moved some very sizable buildings to build the Law School," said Munzel. "This was one of them."

Church officials placed a time capsule in the cornerstone of the church, where it has remained for 89 years.

The church was recently sold to Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Church members, who will build a new church outside town, held a decommissioning service and opened the time capsule as a crowd looked on.

The contents included photographs, a Bible, list of church officers, a map of Ann Arbor, and an American flag.

"The selection of items in the time capsule shows the great care the Memorial Christian Church members of 1923 felt for the preservation of their history," said Len Coombs, acquisitions librarian at the University of Michigan's Bentley Historical Museum. "We are honored that the church is now entrusting the Bentley Historical Library with the permanent preservation of these items."

Munzel noted how the atmosphere in the stone building will change when the new tenants take over.

"It won't be quiet anymore," he said with a smile.

Published: Thu, Apr 19, 2012

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