Thank You to the Century Chest Sponsors & Partners

Opening Even April 22, 2013

Choctaw Nation
Chickasaw Nation
Mercedes Benz of Oklahoma City
Metropolitan Auto Dealers Association
Pinion Design and Contracting of Oklahoma City
OETA - The Oklahoma Network
Bob and Margaret Mills
Rotary Club 29 Foundation

Century Chest Exhibit

First Lutheran Church of Oklahoma City
Oklahoma Historical Society
Friends of the Oklahoma History Center
The 1889ers Society
Oklahoma Genealogical Society
First Families of the Twin Territories
Oklahoma County Medical Society
Oklahoma City/County Historical Society
OKC Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution
Royal Neighbors of America
John and Virginia Weinmann
Oklahoma Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy
Ladies Music Club of Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City Philomathea Club
Oklahoma PEO Sisterhood
Barbara Atkinson
Pam Guffey
Dr. Thomas H. Flasher III
Dr. David Holden
Ann Marshall
Mary Lee Smiser
Elizabeth Prosser
Jamie Farha
James and Rebecca Buchanan
Mr. and Mrs. John L. Powell
Margaret Malloy
John and Barbara Keating
Donald and Mary Henline
Thomas and Carolyn Hall
Oklahoma Department of Libraries
The City of Oklahoma City
Oklahoma Archeological Survey
Andy Slaucitajs
Oklahoma School for the Blind
The staff and volunteers of the Oklahoma Historical Society


Now On Exhibit
"On Behalf of the Pioneers:" The Oklahoma Century Chest


Items from the Century Chest are on exhibit at the Oklahoma History Center. Visitors can view photographs, documents, and American Indian artifacts and hear Oklahoma pioneer Angelo C. Scott's speech delivered at the burial of the chest in 1913. The exhibit features the 1889 poster promoting the first Fourth of July celebration in Oklahoma City on July 4, 1889, a letter to the blind of 2013 written in braille, the first state flag of Oklahoma, and the pen used by President William McKinley to sign the Free Homes Bill for Oklahoma. In addition the exhibit contains dozens of messages, prophecies, and letters from the pioneers of 1913 to their descendants 100 years later.

The Oklahoma History Center is open Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. The History Center is located in the State Capitol Complex at 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive in Oklahoma City. Call 405-522-0765 for more information.

You can also view the Century Chest collection online.



Century Chest Facebook Album

View the album to explore the Century Chest project, from the unearthing of the chest to the exhibit.

This album is courtesy of Pr. Jerry Peterson.




Oklahomans write postcards to the future!

See some of the messages submitted.






Classroom resources link

For Teachers and Students

Explore the era of the Century Chest with our online "then and now" section, biographies of key people, and activities.
Find out more.



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 residents.

Through a century of dutiful vigilance, the congregation of the First Lutheran Church guarded the Century Chest. On April 22, 2013, the items from the chest were unveiled in a public ceremony. The church has partnered with the Oklahoma Historical Society to preserve the artifacts from the chest for future generations.

Chad Williams, director of the Oklahoma Historical Society Research Division, talks about the history of the First Lutheran Church's Century Chest.