Century Chest Celebration
Photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman, Copyright 2013
Mrs. Virginia Eason (Sohlberg) Weinmann removes first item from chest
which was the "Book of the City Builders"
On April 22, 1913, with the Lord's blessing, a burial ceremony took place at the newly built First English Lutheran Church (now First Lutheran Church of Oklahoma City) at 1300 North Robinson. Attendees heard speeches from the church pastor, Dr. Royer, Governor Cruce and other notable Oklahomans. The purpose of the ceremony was to bury an 8'x4'x4' Century Chest filled with treasures from 1913 Oklahoma. The funds raised in conjunction with the Century Chest burial went toward the purchase of the church's Moller pipe organ. The Andrew Carnegie Foundation provided the other half of the funding. This very instrument has faithfully provided our worship services with beautiful music for the past 100 years. Some of the contents of the chest include:
Indian relics, pamphlets and pictures
Pottery made from Oklahoma soil
Original poems and musical compositions
Kodak camera shipped direct to the century chest from the factory
Oklahoma City newspapers
Forecast of Oklahoma City in 2013 by leading professional men
Several articles placed at the last moment and not listed
You can view some of the pictures taken at the celebration on our Photo Album page.
If you want to view the program, OETA has made it available. There is an eight minute delay before the program begins.
For more additional information:
The Century Chest Exhibit is now open to the public at the Oklahoma History Center. At the exhibit's opening held on Monday, April 21, 2014 Pastor Peterson gave the following message.