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February 8, 2014

Cleveland County Genealogy Society Library to learn about Century Chest

NORMAN — The Cleveland County Genealogy Society Library will host numerous events this month, providing time for the community to get out of the cold and learn about family history.

The Genealogy Society Family History Writers Group will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the CCGS Library, 1119 E Main St. Participants can hear and be inspired to write stories handed down in their family and relate their life experiences and personal memories.

The group will go for lunch at a local restaurant after the meeting.

The Genealogy Society Library’s monthly meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, in the South Lobby adjacent to CCGS Library.

This month’s speaker is Chad Williams, director of the Research Division at the Oklahoma Historical Society. Williams has been instrumental in the development of the Oklahoma Historical Society online research catalog, which includes a variety of digitized records.

Williams will speak on the Century Chest, a century-old time capsule sealed in 1913 by the Ladies Aid Society of the First English Lutheran Church in Oklahoma City. On April 19, 1913, the church buried a chest of treasures and memories in their basement floor, not to be opened until 100 years passed. In 2013, the time capsule was opened to reveal newspaper articles, photographs, clothing, books and many other treasures, including letters from the people of 1913 to the people of 2013.

In addition, the chest contained a slew of Native American artifacts, including a bow made by a Choctaw Indian and a 1913 letter from the Governor of the Chickasaw Nation speaking to 2013 citizens and tribal members.

“There are a series of photographs and items relating to the University of Oklahoma in the chest,” Williams said. “I will share these at the program including photos, paintings and a letter from the OU president in 1913 to the university in 2013.”

Lastly, the Genealogy Society Library Research Group will meet at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the CCGS Library. All researchers are welcome. The group’s February challenge is to explore several of the resources available on ancestry.com.

For more information, contact the Genealogy Society Library at 701-2100. The Library’s normal hours are 1 to 5 p.m.  Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

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