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Humane Society to open 1974 time capsule Thursday evening in Topeka

Audrey McCaig and her staff left a time capsule in 1974 inside the cornerstone at North Topeka’s Helping Hands Humane Society building, which had recently been completed, to be rediscovered in the future.

The future is now.

The public is invited to attend a free event in which the capsule will be opened at 7 p.m. Thursday at the humane society’s current location at 5720 S.W. 21st.

“It’s going to be kind of exciting to see what treasures Andrey and folks left,” humane society CEO and president Bill Acree said Tuesday.

McCaig, who died in 2001, was executive director of the Humane Society in 1970 when it began construction of an animal shelter on the property at 2625 N.W. Rochester Road where it was already operating a much smaller facility. Construction of that shelter was completed in 1974.

The humane society moved to its current site in…

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