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1910 time capsule opened at Lower Merion High

Students and faculty at Lower Merion High School on Monday unveiled the contents of a copper box that had been buried in a building cornerstone by the class of 1910.

Lower Merion high school secretary Darlene Mandranio, class of 1966, laughs after showing teacher Mike Stettner her photo from the 1965 yearbook, found in the time capsule.  (Clem Murray / Staff Photographer )
Lower Merion high school secretary Darlene Mandranio, class of 1966, laughs after showing teacher Mike Stettner her photo from the 1965 yearbook, found in the time capsule. (Clem Murray / Staff Photographer )Read more

Students and faculty at Lower Merion High School on Monday unveiled the contents of a copper box that had been buried in a building cornerstone by the class of 1910.

A sample report card, commencement invitation and a newspaper announcing a graduation address at Bryn Mawr College by President William Howard Taft were part of a "time capsule" of items placed in the box when a new school building was completed 100 years ago.

The display was part of a ceremony unveiling a 2010 cornerstone which will be installed later this year in the high school's new $105-million building.

The copper box also contained items from students attending the school in 1965. A new school building opened that year. It replaced the 1910 building which was demolished in 1963. Students added items including coins, a teacher's handbook, and a special edition of Life magazine published on Nov. 29, 1963, chronicling the assassination of President Kennedy.

The school's current student body has collected items for the 2010 cornerstone which include a football jersey, student handbooks, a DVD and artwork. Those items will be placed in the cornerstone later this year along with items from earlier buildings.

Contact staff writer Kristin E. Holmes at 610-313-8211 or kholmes@phillynews.com.