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'Century Chest' reveals Oklahoma women's club collection

The Philomathea Club recently unearthed a time capsule buried in 1913. Inside were perfectly preserved documents of the time.
BY STACEY RIST ALLEN, For The Oklahoman Modified: October 28, 2013 at 1:02 am •  Published: October 28, 2013

All artifacts found were perfectly maintained and in pristine condition, including a letter from the wife of Capt. D.F. Stiles, commander of the U.S. Army Operation in Oklahoma, dated April 19, 1913.

A letter from Mrs. Russell Gordon Lowe included wishes for her great granddaughter to have a “contented spirit, ministering hands, willing feet, that her presence may radiate joy wherever she may be ...” More personal letters were included as well as photographs of all the women who were members in 1913.

The Oklahoma City Philomathea Club has 35 active members as decreed by the club's constitution, and many have been in the club more than 20 years.

These artifacts along with items from other community groups and businesses will slowly become available for viewing once they have been archived and preserved. The Oklahoma History Center plans to make the entire collection available for viewing in April 2014.