The Oklahoma History Center has uncovered a rare full-color poster promoting the first Fourth of July celebration in Oklahoma City.
The poster was among other artifacts found in the Oklahoma Century Chest, a time capsule buried in the basement of the First Lutheran Church of Oklahoma City on April 22, 1913. Now, after 100 years, historians dug it up and opened it.
"The Century Chest, opened with great fanfare on April 22, 2013, is a window into our shared past," said Chad Williams, Director of Research at the History Center. "No one alive today knew this poster ever existed, and here we can share it 100 years after it was placed in the Century Chest."
The poster was donated for inclusion in the Century Chest by N. B. Woodson, with an inscription stating that he had helped organize the celebration. Despite being nearly 125 years old, OHC staff says the poster is in remarkable condition.
The historic poster will be the featured artifact in a new exhibit opening at the Oklahoma History Center on Thursday, July 4, 2013. The exhibit is located in the main atrium of the Oklahoma History Center and can be visited at no charge beginning on July 4.
The exhibit will change every three months to focus on different aspects of the Century Chest.