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Published March 14, 2012, 07:26 PM

Crews Beginning Demolition of Grand Forks YWCA Building Find Time Capsule

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - The former home of the Grand Forks YWCA on North Fifth Street is getting demolished. But just before crews began, a time capsule was retrieved from a cornerstone of the building.

By: Stacie Van Dyke, WDAZ

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - The former home of the Grand Forks YWCA on North Fifth Street is getting demolished.

But just before crews began, a time capsule was retrieved from a cornerstone of the building.

This building is being demolished to make more room for Central High School parking.

It's a true piece of Grand Forks history. The time capsule contains items from 1951.

"Various pieces of information pertaining to the building of the building," YWCA CEO Debbie Thompson said.

Specifically, the copper box holds Grand Forks Herald articles of the groundbreaking of the YWCA, pictures, and even a handwritten list of the bricklayers and their hometowns.

Preservationists are thrilled with the good condition of the items, despite the flood of 1997.

Along with the time capsule, granite tablets from above the main entrance were saved and may be used in the new Y building as part of the renovation, truly bringing history into the future.

"We just celebrated a 125th anniversary, so being able to carry that history into the new facility is very exciting for us," Thompson said.

The original contents of the time capsule will be kept in the department of special collections at the university library so everyone can enjoy them.

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