Oklahoma Century Chest Celebration: Yesterday, Today, and Beyond

The second in a series of exhibits featuring Century Chest treasures is now open at the Oklahoma History Center.

Visit the Oklahoma History Center to see select items from the Century Chest. On display October through December are treasures featuring the American Indian Tribes of Oklahoma.

About the Century Chest

On April 22, 1913, a "Century Chest" was buried in the basement of the First English Lutheran Church (now the First Lutheran Church of Oklahoma City) at 1300 North Robinson. The ceremony was witnessed by a capacity crowd including Governor Lee Cruce and other notable Oklahoma residents.

Through a century of dutiful vigilance the congregation of the First Lutheran Church has guarded the Century Chest in order that on April 22, 2013, the chest would be unearthed and the past would come alive. The church has partnered with the Oklahoma Historical Society to ensure the treasures of 1913 are preserved and exhibited at the Oklahoma History Center.

Messages from the Past

Included in the Century Chest are more than 40 messages from the people of 1913 to community groups, businesses, and individuals of 2013.

OHS is working to locate the intended recipients and share these unique messages.

Recently Unveiled
Message to the Atwood family


October 2013 - March 2014
See artifacts highlighting American Indian tribes.

April 22, 2014
On April 22, 2014, the Oklahoma History Center will open a major exhibit revealing all of the Century Chest treasures!