Teacher finds husband in time capsule
by Gregory R. Norfleet · News · September 28, 2012

“I think that’s my husband!” fifth-grade teacher Amanda Tisinger exclaimed after unwrapping a class photograph buried with a time capsule 25 years go.

She held up a Polaroid photograph of Mrs. Dettweiler’s social studies class from 1987, which included a fifth-grade version of Mike Tisinger. He is standing on the far left.

Out of the crowd of present-day fifth-graders sitting around the West Branch Middle School library, a girl’s voice called out: “Your husband must be old!”

Tisinger and fellow fifth-grade teacher Jacqui Hart — the current social studies teacher — opened the time capsule Sept. 20 to an excited audience of pupils and teachers.

The teachers used a digital projector with the camera pointed down into the capsule, a Styrofoam cooler, so children could peek at items not yet removed, but also so teachers could show detail on small items on a nearby movie screen.

Photographs in a plastic bag were underneath several strips of duct tape that helped seal the cooler shut. Inside the box was a black garbage bag filled with many more plastic bags in which each memory item was stored.

Most of the items were produced by pupils and staff, like drawings, letters, photographs and a list of track results. But they also included text books and popular age-appropriate books like “Ramona Forever.” As the capsule was buried on Sept. 17, 1987, the 200th Constitution Day, the box included a booklet “Celebrating the Bicentennial of the Constitution.”

Old West Branch Times newspapers, a tape cassette of children talking about the Constitution, and 45-rpm records were included, too, and the children also got excited about a rusted paper clip that fell off of one letter; they passed it around the room.

A red-sleeved sports shirt donated by Sheila Dalton’s kindergarten class included lettering that read “Class of 2000.”

One page included predictions of what the pupils would be doing when the capsule was opened. Angie Hamilton, who today is third-grade teacher Angie Miller, predicted correctly that she would be married with children and a job.

The items from the time capsule will be placed on display at the school. Hart said the school may bury another time capsule. One of the first items would be a picture of current fifth-graders with the 1987 time capsule; they went outside to take that group photograph before opening the capsule.

Title I teacher Jan Cretin was among those in the audience. She was on staff when the time capsule was buried.

“It’s like walking down memory lane,” she said.

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