Revealing The Contents Of A 100-Year-Old Time Capsule
In 1913, in an effort to help the Oklahoma City’s First Lutheran Church buy a new pipe organ, a group of people organized a fundraiser called the “Century Chest” - a time capsule that will only be opened after a century. To raise money, space in the chest were auctioned off to people, whoever wants their memorabilia included in the chest will have to pay for the space.
On April 22, 2013, exactly 100 years after, the chest was finally opened. It contained a variety of items honoring Oklahoma's heritage including historical photographs, paintings, various newspaper clippings and pieces of technology that were popular at the time.
We posted some of the artifacts below. For the complete list of items inside the time capsule, head over here.
1. The Daily Oklahoman, April 22, 1913
2. Oklahoma State Flag
3. Desk telephone, Pioneer Telephone and Telegraph Co.
4. Edison Graphophone
5. Pen used by President McKinley to sign the Free Homes Bill
6. Quilt adorned with signatures of 720 City Builders
7. To the descendants of Nathan Samuel Sherman
8. A Tin of Quality Coffee
9. Dress, Brock Dry Goods Co.
10. Recorded Message entitled, “Bedouin Love Song” by Mr. Merle Bennett, baritone
11. Constitution, Treaties and Laws of the Chickasaw Nation
12. Oklahoma State Fair Expo plate and a Marble
13. Photo of the pastor of the First Lutheran Church, 1913
14. Shoes, Mellon Dry Goods Co.
15. Native American translation Bible (Choctaw)
16. Unopened packages and letters
17. “View from the Dam at the Water Works” by Nellie Shepherd
18. “…to our friends of 2013…”
19. Boys suit, Chas. A. Finnegar
20. Costume Royal Magazine
21. Message to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art
22. Oklahoma City High School – Course of Study, 1913
23. Evans Hall, University of Oklahoma
24. Newspaper in Cherokee
25. Hat, Kerr Dry Goods Co.
26. More unopened messages
27. “Orchard Scene” by Miss Martha Avey
28. Wax Sealed Letter
29. Messages from the blind of 1913 to the blind of 2013