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West Grove Time Capsule

Mrs. Cragen’s first grade class in 1973.

In 1975, the West Grove Elementary School students and teachers buried a time capsule in front of the school to be opened in the year 2000. Led by longtime Principal Mr. Broyer, students created several papers, letters, drawings and even an audio recording of every student on the only audio cassette recorder in the school.

Mr. Broyer tried unsuccessfully to locate the time capsule, citing that the reference trees he had planted died and were removed. In a Daily Journal article, Broyer said, “the trees had died, so when it came time to dig up the time capsule, no one could find it.”

An effort is underway to locate this missing time capsule, led by West Grove Elementary School alum and Center Grove Magazine publisher Tom Britt. He, like many students, never forgot this buried moment in time. With the help of other alum and local businesses, Britt plans on unearthing this time capsule on Monday, November 6 via a Facebook LIVE video stream. Starting around 11:00 a.m. EST, Britt will be joined by Mr. Broyer and others at the time capsule site. The school is now owned by Southland Community Church, and they have graciously offered to open their facilities for tours, coffee and refreshments during the excavation.

Time Capsule Excavation

Southland Community Church
5800 West Smith Valley Road
Greenwood, IN 46142
11:00 am – ? (Whenever we find it!)

To watch the live video broadcast, “like” the Center Grove Magazine Facebook page and you will be alerted when the stream begins.

For Former Students

If you were a student or faculty member at West Grove Elementary in 1975, please fill out the form below so that we may return your items to you. This is a volunteer effort, so any donation you can make will go towards the postage, unearthing and any other expenses incurred. Any surplus moneys will be donated to the Center Grove Education Foundation.




Note: We will be opening the time capsule on Monday to check the condition of the items, but we will NOT be giving out items from the time capsule on that day. We are working with the Center Grove Alumni Association to organize a “reunion” event, so stay tuned through the Center Grove Magazine facebook page and fill out the form below!