Forest Park, IL—(ENEWSPF)—October 10, 2016. On October 3, 2016, archaeologists unearthed a concrete cylinder with marble caps near the Haymarket Martyrs Monument in Forest Home Cemetery in Forest Park. Researchers believe it could be the Haymarket time capsule buried in 1892 by supporters of the anarchist Haymarket Martyrs.
Oak Park librarian Bleue Benton hunted for clues including 1892 newspaper mentions of the time capsule. In the University of Michigan archives of the Pioneer Aid Society, Benton found an inventory of the capsule which may contain newspaper accounts, photos and trial documents pertaining to the trials of eight anarchists charged with conspiracy in the Haymarket Affair, May 4, 1886.
You are invited to hear about the hunt for and the discovery of the Haymarket time capsule and see photos and video of the dig.
The 1892 Haymarket Time Capsule Mystery discussion will take place on Thursday, October 27 at 7 p.m. at the Historical Society of Forest Park, 1000 Elgin Avenue in Forest Park. Researchers, archaeologists and historians will discuss the hunt for and excavation of the 1892 Haymarket Time Capsule. The Panel Discussion will take place after brief Historical Society of Forest Park annual meeting.
- Bleue Benton, Oak Park librarian who stumbled upon the forgotten time capsule while researching archives at University of Michigan.
- Mark Rogovin, Author of The Day Will Come, guide to the Haymarket Martyrs Monument and Radical Row in Forest Home Cemetery.
- Rebecca Graff, urban archaeologist Lake Forest College, site lead.
- Xhris Fitzgerald, Archaeology student at Lake Forest College.
- Larry Spivack, Board President of the Illinois Labor History Society
Tickets for the event are $30 or free for current members of the Historical Society of Forest Park.
Tickets can be purchase here.
The Historical Society of Forest Park is an organization formed in 1975 to preserve and celebrate the history of Forest Park Illinois. The Forest Park Heritage and Cultural Center at First United Church, 1000 Elgin Ave. in Forest Park houses the historical society museum and also holds community events. Find out more at http://forestparkhistory.weebly.com.