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Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation Gallery

Parts of this gallery are under renovation in preparation for a new exhibit.

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, and the Oklahoma Century Chest. There is also a replica of a sod house, a 1930s-era house, and a 1950s pink kitchen.

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.

Visitors can view photographs, documents, and artifacts from the chest. 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, and much more. 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 okhistory.org/centurychest.

Curators’ Corner

Curators’ Corner is a special area that highlights recent museum donations and artifacts specially chosen by the curators for the interesting stories each item tells. The conserved mural Trail of Tears, painted by Elizabeth Janes in 1939, is a long-term feature. Also included is information about the profession of art and artifact conservation, and examples of objects from the museum’s collections that could benefit from the work of a conservator.

The artifacts in Curators’ Corner rotate approximately every six months.