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OKC School Board members to unveil letter from 1913 counterparts

A letter written by Oklahoma City school officials was contained in the Century Chest, which was unearthed after more than 100 years. Officials and students will take turns Monday night reading the letter.
by Tim Willert Modified: March 29, 2014 at 10:00 pm •  Published: March 29, 2014

Oklahoma City School Board members will go back in history Monday night to find out what their peers thought about the future of local education more than a century ago.

During Monday night’s school board meeting, at 900 N Klein, members will join interim Superintendent Dave Lopez and several students, taking turns reading a letter from school district leaders of 1913. The letter has not been opened since it was unearthed in April.

“It’s a neat part of history,” Lopez said Friday. “I’m glad we’re going to get students involved.”

The letter was part of the contents of of the Century Chest, which for 100 years had been encased in a concrete tomb in the basement of the First Lutheran Church of Oklahoma City.

The chest and its contents were turned over to the Oklahoma History Center after being opened April 22, 2013.

Related items, including another letter from then-Superintendent William Brandenburg and correspondence from the Patrons Club — a forerunner to the PTA — already have been opened, said Chad Williams, director of research for the Oklahoma Historical Society.

In that letter, Brandenburg predicted the superintendent in 2013 would be making $10,000 annually, up from $3,600, “and he will be earning his money too; he will have many more supervisors and they will each be paid better.”

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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