Home > History Center >  Noble Foundation Gallery

Noble Foundation Gallery

The Sam Noble Gallery illustrates Oklahoma's early history, including its settlement and development as a state. Through artifacts, images, and firsthand accounts of participants, visitors can relive the experiences of those brave souls who settled our plains and turned homesteads into farms and cities. It was their survival of and adaptation to the extremes of weather, economics, and politics that enabled them to create this magnificent state. Topics covered include land runs, education, the Oklahoma Centennial Farm & Ranch program, urban development, law and order, pioneer life, cowboys, military history, and the Oklahoma Century Chest. There is also a replica of a sod house, a 1930s-era house, and a 1950s pink kitchen. The exhibit Oklahoma & The Day That Will Live In Infamy explores the attack on Pearl Harbor and its effect on Oklahoma.



On Behalf of the Pioneers: The Oklahoma Century Chest 1913–2013

The Oklahoma Century Chest time capsule was buried on April 22, 1913, in the basement of the First Lutheran Church of Oklahoma City. One hundred years later, on April 22, 2013, the church opened the chest and revealed the perfectly preserved contents deposited by the pioneers of Oklahoma. The exhibit opening marks the 125th anniversary of the Oklahoma Land Run of 1889.

Visitors can view never-before-seen photographs, documents, and artifacts and hear Oklahoma pioneer Angelo C. Scott's speech delivered at the burial of the chest in 1913. The exhibit also includes a 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; the pen used by President William McKinley to sign the Free Homes Bill; and a 1913 bird's-eye view photograph of Oklahoma City. In addition, the exhibit contains dozens of messages, prophecies, and letters from the pioneers of 1913 to their descendants one hundred years later.

View letters, photos, and more online at www.okhistory.org/centurychest.



100 Years of the Federal Reserve System

Explore the history of the Federal Reserve and the Oklahoma City Branch in this exhibit. This exhibit also highlights Robert L. Owen, one of the first senators from Oklahoma and co-author of the Federal Reserve Act of 1913. Included are artifacts from Robert L. Owen and his family, examples of pre-1913 coins and currency, photographs, and original documents including a signed letter to Owen from President Woodrow Wilson.

Historic images, timelines, and educational materials are available online at okhistory.org/federalreserve.