Posted by Kristie Wells on January 14, 2014 in Entertainment

In 1913, Virginia Sohlberg, President of the Ladies Aid Society, led a fundraiser where space was auctioned off inside a 100-year ‘time capsule’ in an effort to raise enough funds so her local church could purchase a new Mueller pipe organ. This project was dubbed the ‘Century Chest.’ More than 20 boxes were filled, then buried under a 12-inch slab of concrete in the basement of the First English Lutheran Church (now the First Lutheran Church of Oklahoma City).

On the 100-year anniversary (22 April 2013), the Century Chest was unearthed, and the contents presented to the citizens of Oklahoma City. Inside was a ladies hat, a flag of the State of Oklahoma, a book on the Constitution, Treaties and Laws of the Chickasaw Nation, a railroad map of Oklahoma, an Edison Graphophone, and so much more … including stacks of letters, notes, photos and recordings from family members in 1913 to their descendants and other relatives of 2013.

Century Chest Letters

If I were researching the Atwood family of Oklahoma City, I would be excited to come across this letter from Weston.

Atwood Letter (Page 3)

What a spectacular gift this would be to receive a letter from your great grandfather laying out your family history and also providing insights into his employment too!

A lot of my father’s side comes from the Oklahoma City area, so part of me was hoping there was a little something special in here for our family. There isn’t (I checked), so I guess I will simply live vicariously through those of you receiving these amazing gifts from the citizens of 1913.

Of course, this begs the question …

If you were going to put together a time capsule for the citizens of 2114, what you include in it, and why? 





Kristie Wells

Kristie is Ancestry's former Head of Global Social Media and Online Customer Engagement.

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