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St. Margaret of Scotland goes back to the future at end of school year

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"Remember to come back in 100 years!" school parent Emily Schiltz encouraged the students filing past her.

As the line of nearly 500 students at St. Margaret of Scotland filed through the lower level of St. Joseph Hall, each tossed a piece of gravel into the ground in a small corner near the library, slowly encasing the time capsule placed there.

Sister of St. Joseph deliver gifts from 1896

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Discolored by oxidation, the copper box had been sealed within a time capsule since 1896 in the foundation of the chapel at the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet's former Our Lady of Good Counsel Convent at 1849 Cass Avenue, popularly known as the Clemens House of Samuel Clemens fame — aka Hannibal's Mark Twain.

Now, it was about a half-mile to the west at 1421 Jefferson Avenue in the St. Louis Fire Department Headquarters' media center, sitting on a table covered with white paper and awaiting its grand reveal.

Our Lady of Lourdes Parish peers into past

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Joyce Walsh describes herself as "not a morning person." In other words, she prefers to sleep in.

But one morning in August, she arose at the crack of dawn to get to Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in University City.

"I was the first person here, at 6:45," she said, with a laugh. "We were scheduled for 7."

After Pastor Msgr. Richard Hanneke and a half-dozen others joined her, the group stepped back in time and connected with Lourdes' original parishioners.

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