Today we received a call at the Reference Desk from a patron that has us stumped. The patron asked for information about a time capsule they believe had been placed in the former Henry Sabin Elementary School building at 500 South Dubuque Street here in Iowa City. The building was built 1917, but the patron didn’t know when the time capsule would have been placed.
Unfortunately, after searching a variety of online and print resources like the Newspaper Archives and the Irving Weber’s Iowa City volumes, and even calling the ICCSD, we’re at a loss. We couldn’t find even a hint of information about a time capsule. So now we’re looking for help. Does this sound familiar to you? Did you attend Sabin Elementary? Have you heard stories about a time capsule being buried there? Any information you can provide would be a great help.
In general, Librarians are a curious bunch, and we really hate being stumped. And now we all want to know the answer too!