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Time capsule unearthed at Santa Maria High School during construction

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A 1905 Santa Maria High School yearbook found in a time capsule. (Courtesy Santa Maria Joint Union High School District) A 1905 Santa Maria High School yearbook found in a time capsule. (Courtesy Santa Maria Joint Union High School District)
Remnants of a Santa Maria Times newspaper found in a time capsule at Santa Maria High School. (Courtesy Santa Maria Joint Union High School District) Remnants of a Santa Maria Times newspaper found in a time capsule at Santa Maria High School. (Courtesy Santa Maria Joint Union High School District)
A newspaper found in a time capsule at Santa Maria High School. (Courtesy Santa Maria Joint Union High School District) A newspaper found in a time capsule at Santa Maria High School. (Courtesy Santa Maria Joint Union High School District)
A time capsule found at Santa Maria High School. (Courtesy Santa Maria Joint Union High School District) A time capsule found at Santa Maria High School. (Courtesy Santa Maria Joint Union High School District)
A preserved 1905 Santa Maria High School yearbook from the Santa Maria Historical Society. A preserved 1905 Santa Maria High School yearbook from the Santa Maria Historical Society.

Construction workers digging holes for the foundation of a new sign in front of Santa Maria High School recently unearthed a more than 100-year-old time capsule.

The school's old sign, in front of Ethel Pope Auditorium, was taken down last year. It's being replaced by a new, 12' by 12' LED marquee. Work to install the new sign began last week.

Inside the copper box were three 1906 newspapers, including a Santa Maria Times and what the Santa Maria Historical Society believes was a weekly paper called The Graphic, and a yearbook from 1905. 

"It's just amazing that Santa Maria's history goes back that far and the school goes back that far and there's generations of families that probably have relatives in that yearbook," said Stacey Moreci, Vernon Edwards Construction Project Manager.

School officials say the container was either not sealed or became unsealed and the contents were damaged by moisture over time. The container was also damaged by construction equipment. School officials say two of the papers are readable, but the third paper and the yearbook are not.

Construction on the new sign is expected to be complete in two to three weeks.

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