YELLOW BAY – Time capsules were meant to be opened, and the one from 1967 discovered during the recent renovation of the Elrod Building at the University of Montana’s Flathead Lake Biological Station was.

Now, they’re going add some items from 2013 and put it back where they found it.

The time capsule will be part of the rededication ceremonies for the Elrod Building – named for biological station founder Morton J. Elrod – Friday.

Folks are invited to stop by between 4 and 6 p.m. and learn more about the biological station and its history and mission.

The rededication ceremony will take place at 5 p.m. followed by a guided tour at 5:30 p.m. Ice cream, cookies and lemonade will be provided.

Elrod founded the station 114 years ago, in 1899, in Bigfork, and it moved to its present location 105 years ago, in 1908.

When the Elrod Building was built in 1967, then-FLBS director Richard Solberg and his staff put together interesting documents and memorabilia representing their era and stashed them in a time capsule behind the building’s cornerstone.

While the building’s footprint did not change during the recent renovations, many interior and exterior improvements were made as the project addressed safety issues and access code deficiencies, as well as energy efficiency.

The plans also called for the cornerstone to be relocated, and that’s when the time capsule was discovered.

So Friday, they’ll put the items from it on display, as well as new items current director Jack Stanford and his staff plan to add to the capsule.

And, Solberg will be on hand as well.

Afterward, the newly restocked time capsule will go back behind the cornerstone to await its possible discovery again, decades down the road.

Reporter Vince Devlin can be reached at 1-800-366-7186 or by email at

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Running a story about an opened time capsule without talking about the contents is like reporting that a race finished without revealing the winner.

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