A Look Back: Class of '52 Opens Time Capsule at Former Ferguson Jr. High

Seven members of the eighth-grade graduating class of 1953 joined current and former students and staff for special presentation at meeting of FFSD Board of Education.

A group of eighth-grade students placed a time capsule in the former Ferguson Junior High School in 1952 during its construction, and a few members of the class returned to retrieve their memories on Jan. 9.

At the January meeting of the Ferguson-Florissant School District’s board of education, the time capsule was reopened at Ferguson Middle School. 

More than 150 alumni, current and former staff, students, families and members of the community attended the event.

Former class president, John Schultz, and another member of the class, Richard Carden, presented a poster to the Ferguson-Florissant Board of Education containing group photos of the classes that placed the time capsule.  Five more members of the eighth grade class of 1953 also attended. 

In addition to the cornerstone and time capsule, other artifacts were on display at the meeting, including enlargements of the scrolls contained in the time capsule; yearbooks, school newspapers and scrapbooks from Ferguson High School circa 1952-1957, and a 1989 yearbook from Ferguson Middle School documenting the school’s rebuilding following a fire that swept through the west wing of the school in 1988. 

The fire actually led to the initial discovery of the time capsule behind the school’s cornerstone.

Have you ever participated in making a time capsule? Have you been back to see what you left? Share your thoughts in the comments section, below!


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