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(West Plains) – Officials at Missouri State University-West Plains want to capture history in the making, and they are asking area residents to help.

They are collecting items for a time capsule that will be part of the 50th anniversary celebration September 16 at the Smith-London Centennial Bell Tower on Franklin Street just west of the Lybyer Technology Center.

Area residents are being asked to drop off items such as 2013 coins, current photos, yearbooks, movie DVDs and VHSs, music CDs, and other items at Kellett Hall, 905 W. Main St., by 5 PM Monday, September 9. Photos or documents submitted should be placed on acid-free paper. The capsule will be locked and securely displayed at a location on campus to be determined.

Officials said items that are dropped off will be reviewed by members of the anniversary’s executive committee, and those considered most appropriate will be included in the capsule. The number of items included will be determined by space, and items not included will be returned to the owner.

Missouri State-West Plains opened September 16, 1963, as the West Plains Residence Center at the West Plains High School campus with a total of 111 students enrolled for classes during that first semester. Since then, the university has grown into a multi-building campus in the heart of West Plains with an average enrollment of 2,200 students. It currently offers 15 associate degrees, seven certificate programs and a variety of other credit and non-credit courses. It also serves as a delivery site for a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs offered by Missouri State University-Springfield’s Outreach Program.

For more information about the time capsule or the 50th anniversary celebration on Sept. 16, call 417-255-7240.

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