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New website hinges on Century Chest

The Oklahoma History Center has launched a new website that shares details about the historic First Lutheran Church Century Chest.
by Carla Hinton Published: March 23, 2013

The Oklahoma History Center, in partnership with First Lutheran Church of Oklahoma City, has launched a new website which shares information about the church's historic Century Chest.

Chad Williams, deputy director of research for the history center, said the website is “home base” for the project and a way for the public to satisfy its curiosity about the time capsule.

“It's the companion piece to tell more details about the Century Chest,” he said.

The First Lutheran Century Chest is a 100-year-old time capsule that contained a plethora of city and state history, including American Indian artifacts and historical documents, pottery made from Oklahoma soil, commemorative plates and other memorabilia, photographs, recorded speeches (for a phonograph) by noted historians and civic leaders, a phonograph, clothing, and copies of a special Century Chest edition of The Oklahoman.

Church members, a host of dignitaries, elected officials and citizens placed the time capsule in a 6 feet long, 3 feet wide and 3 feet tall copper container and buried and sealed it in the basement floor of the church, 1300 N Robinson.

Williams said the chest hasn't been opened yet, but church leaders plan to do so soon.

The time capsule and its contents will be the focus of a ceremony set for April 22, 2013, exactly 100 years after its burial. Williams said the history center will premiere a major exhibit featuring items from the time capsule in the fall. He said the public may obtain information about both events by visiting the website for updates.

Century Chest 1913 - 2013

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by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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