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Soggy 1969 time capsule opened at Lincoln High

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — 1969. The moon landing. Woodstock. The Amazing Mets won the World Series. 

And the students at Lincoln High School buried a time capsule beneath the flagpole to commemorate their 100th anniversary.

Even though they buried it in a sealed container and put it in concrete, all the half-century-old contents were soggy.

A time capsule from 1969 was opened at Lincoln High School, but the contents were soggy from water accumulted through the years, May 14, 2019 (KOIN)

The time capsule was opened in the Lincoln High School gymnasium Tuesday to commemorate the school’s sesquicentennial. 

The 1969 class president, Mark Laakso, was at the opening looked at the wet commencement announcement, school newspapers and a soaking wet varsity letter.

“Back then, girls could only do swimming and tennis,” Laakso said. “Boys had all the sports.”

The Class of 2019 is putting their own time capsule together to best tell the story of today in 50 years. Current Class President Ben Brandenburger said the time capsule may reflect “the new things we’re trying to do — the climate change walkout, the gun reform walkout, trying to get better education in our schools with more money.”

The 2019 time capsule will be buried soon and opened when Lincoln High School celebrates its 200th anniversary.

A time capsule from 1969 was opened at Lincoln High School, but the contents were soggy from water accumulted through the years, May 14, 2019 (KOIN)

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