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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
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Numerous individuals who participated in the 1889 Land Run gathered for this reunion photo in 1913. Photo provided

“The church wants to share this with the state,” Williams said. “They believe it is Oklahoma's.”

‘One-of-a-kind' project

Williams said the Century Chest idea was inspired by a century chest that was buried in a building wall in Colorado. He said the First Lutheran Church congregation took the basic concept and expanded it.

Williams said he has been impressed with how meticulous the Century Chest coordinators were. He said the time capsule started out originally as a fundraiser to pay for a new church organ and the project evolved into a community affair to mark the 24th anniversary of the 1889 Land Run. Eventually, it became a statewide event.

“It really inspires people because it's such a one-of-a-kind,” he said. “It's not your regular time capsule — it's the mother of all time capsules.”

Williams said the website will eventually include film footage of the opening of the time capsule. He said items from the chest will be photographed and those photographs also will be featured on the site.

Currently, a countdown clock may be viewed on the website as church members and history center officials make plans to unveil the chest's contents for the April 22 public ceremony and celebration.

Williams said he is eager for the unveiling.

“In my job as director of research, this is the most exciting project I've ever worked on just because this is pure Oklahoma history,” he said.

Century Chest 1913 - 2013
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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