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Community preparing to open time capsule from 1908

The time capsule found in the Lancaster School (KTVO)

If you had to choose something that people 100 years from now would know about you, what would you pick?

Well, the people of Lancaster, Missouri made that decision 109 years ago.

Now, in just over a week, the community gets to see a glimpse of what life was like back then, as a time capsule from 1908 will be opened up.

But before that happens, it’s up to everyone to just wonder what’s inside.

“I have no idea, we’ve had several opinions,” said Schuyler County Historical Society President Sandra Redding. “I had one gentleman comment that it might be Jimmy Hoffa,” Redding added with a laugh.

In the early 2000s, Willie Beeler had purchased the Lancaster School, and a few years later, it was time for the building to come down.

That’s when he found a time capsule, hidden away in the school’s cornerstone.

“I didn’t even know it was there until I happened to see a dent in the corner block so then I chipped it out,” he said.

Beeler is a graduate of the same school.

“The school is a very important part of a community, so we’re really happy to bring this to everybody’s attention and hope that the alumni and all the community and curious people will come,” Redding, who is helping to plan the opening event, said.

She’s also been collecting some artifacts to put into perspective what 1908 was like, including a class picture from 1909, of the first graduating class after the Lancaster School was built.

You can be there as the time capsule gets opened.

The event will be at 2:30 at the Senior Housing Community Center in Lancaster on Sunday, November 26.

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