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31 Treasures Unearthed From Oklahoma's 1913 Time Capsule

Oh, the difference a century can make. While we tend to think of the past in black and white or sepia tones, it was just as bright as today.

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On April 22, 1913, the time capsule was buried by the Governor of Oklahoma and a large crowd in the basement of the First English Lutheran Church in Oklahoma City with an official ceremony. Dubbed a "century chest," the contents were guarded by the congregation of the church for exactly 100 years. On April 22, 1913 the Lutheran Church teamed up with the Oklahoma History Center to unearth, document, and preserve the treasures within.

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5. Package for the Modern Classics Club.

Gentry McKeown

From the Modern Classics Club of

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

April 22nd, A.D., 1913

To the Modern Classics Club of Oklahoma City

in the year A.D., 2013, if such a club there be,

and if it be the continuation of the

Modern Classics Club Oklahoma City

of the year A.D., 1913, or

To some other institution, if there be, into which

said Modern Classics Club shall have merged, or

if none such organization exists,

To the Leading Social and Literary Club or Organization [in]

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in the year

A.D., 2013.

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15. A letter from the Carver Chiropractic College.

Gentry McKeown

The Carver Chiropractic College and Class of 1913 deposits,

1. Carver Chiropractic Analysis

a ______ Book

2. Chiropractic Record

a gramophone

3. The Red Book

a brief _______

with the following messages

a. The Book is to be placed inside the glass case in which [rests]

the skeleton of Dr. Williard Carne with appropriate _____ and history.

Carver Chiropractic College

b. To our Friends of 2013

Love and greetings! may this book, the first that expressed the science

of Chiropractics, which is so universally your system, be read by you with pleasure

and interest. It is donated and inscribed by the author, the Dean of the CarverChiropractic College, and by the Class of 1913 with warmest love and good wishes.

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21. Bundles of letters.

Gentry McKeown

The top letter reads:

To the direct descendants of John M. and Carrie X. Sherk

To be opened by the oldest male heir present at the opening of the chest.

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26. Pen used by President McKinley.

Gentry McKeown

Pen with which President McKinley signed the "Free Holmes Bill" for Oklahoma.

Gift of Mrs. Dennis Flynn, wife of Dennis T. Flynn, ten years our delegate to Congress during our Territorial days.

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