Historical Society Receives Donation from St. Paul’s

Over 130 years of existence creates a lot of memories! While renovating the library at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, several historical documents were uncovered which the church was happy to donate to the Coronado Historical Association. Some of the documents had been in the church’s “cornerstone capsule” dating back to when St. Paul’s was first constructed in 1887. The church, along with the cornerstone capsule, was moved in 1917 to make way for the building of the high school, and new documents were added at that time. The capsule was then emptied in 1963, when the current sanctuary was built.

The church also donated Methodist-specific documents, such as an area newsletter from the early 1900s, to a denominational archivist located in Los Angeles.

From the left: Senior Pastor Robb Fuesler and church members Lee Cargill and Megan Pontes of St. Paul’s, and Coronado Historical Society representatives Christine Stokes and Tom Mitchell. Pictured between Pontes and Stokes is a hand-made copper box which was placed in the original capsule. (Photograph by Melissa Bennett.)

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