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April 25, 2013

'Century Chest' Time Capsule Opened In Oklahoma After 100 Years

'Century Chest' Time Capsule Opened In Oklahoma After 100 Years
The Century Chest has been buried under 12 inches of concrete, in the basement of Oklahoma City's First Lutheran Church for the past 100 years.

When it was opened this past Monday, many historical treasures were found including the April 22, 1913 issue of The Daily Oklahoman, a 1913 telephone, examples of women's fashions of the day, Native American artifacts and a pair of women's shoes

As well the chest contained a pen used by President William McKinley to sign the 1900 Free Homes Act for Oklahoma, and a phonograph record featuring voices of people from that era.

One woman's dream came true when her great-grandmother's book of family stories was revealed. Virginia Weinmann always knew that these items were included and hoped she would live long enough to see them. Inside was also a photo of her mother.

Read more and watch the video of the opening at 100-Year-Old Time Capsule Opened


Mariann Regan said...

An inspiring story, and a lovely old photo. I have now started wondering whether all this preserving of genealogical records and artifacts will make time capsules obsolete.

Here's one thing that has come down to me, from 1898: a lock of my grandmother's chestnut hair, woven into the shape of a heart and bordered with thread. Now that amazes me.

genealogy in ireland said...

Wow, this is pretty interesting. Inspiring, as well. Thanks for sharing such inspiring experience with us. Great blog, congrats.!