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Horicon educators open a century-old time capsule

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Posted at 4:55 PM, Jan 27, 2021

HORICON — School officials with the Horicon School District unveiled the contents of a time capsule from 100 years ago on Wednesday morning.

The capsule was placed in the cornerstone of the Van Brunt building on June 14, 1921. Educators were unsure if the capsule was inside the building but they were thrilled when they found the metal box.

“It’s just pretty fascinating to be able to look through all these things,” said Horicon School District Superintendent Rich Appel.

The box contained signatures from students and staff members, newspaper articles, an arrowhead, a class picture, confederate money, and an American flag with 48 stars.

Some of the contents didn’t fare too well due to corrosion of the metal box, which was built by students in "tin class." The box painted the names of the students who participated in preserving a part of history.

“It says on the inside this box, it’s made in tin shop on June 14 and has the names of the individuals,” said Appel.

This is the second time capsule the school has opened, earlier last year the discovered a time capsule from 1964, which contained report cards and pictures. Educators live-streamed the unveiling to their students hoping they will get a better understanding of the school’s history.

“100 years ago there were people in their shoes, in their classrooms just in a different building, doing the same thing they are doing right now, and to know that tradition I think means a lot,” said Appel.

The school district plans to create its own time capsule this spring, one thing that will be included is a mask.

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