After Being Sealed for 100 Years, Time Capsule in Oklahoma City Reveals Pristine Artifacts

Century Chest time capsule

photo by Paul B. Southerland/The Oklahoman

On April 22, 2013, the Century Chest, a time capsule that had been sealed for 100 years, was opened during a ceremony at the First Lutheran Church of Oklahoma City. Onlookers and historians were astonished by the pristine condition of the contents: an untarnished desk telephone, a shiny pair of women’s shoes, a Kodak camera, and much more. The Century Chest was originally buried under the church on April 22, 1913 as part of fundraiser to pay for a church organ (the organ is still in use). The opening ceremony was captured on video for posterity. The actual opening occurs at the 1:10 mark. For photos of the contents, check out this gallery on the Downtown OKC Facebook page.

Century Chest time capsule

photo via Downtown OKC

Century Chest time capsule

photo via Downtown OKC

Century Chest time capsule

photo via Downtown OKC

Century Chest time capsule

photo via Downtown OKC

Century Chest time capsule

photo via Downtown OKC

via Twisted Sifter

video via OETA-The Oklahoma Network

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