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July 3, 2014

Historical July 4th poster on display in OKC

OKLAHOMA CITY — A poster promoting the first July 4th celebration in Oklahoma City after the 1889 Land Run is among the items on display at a new exhibit at the Oklahoma History Center.

Oklahoma History Center hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The museum will be open Friday, July 4. The research center will be closed. Oklahoma History Center is across from the State Capitol Building at 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive in Oklahoma City. Call (405) 522-0765 for information.

The poster was among the hundreds of objects and documents discovered when a time capsule from 1913 was opened last year. An organizer of the celebration had donated the full-color poster to the time capsule.

Research by the Oklahoma Historical Society shows that the 1889 celebration was designed to bring 20,000 people to town.

The Century Chest was buried April 22, 1913 in the basement of First English Lutheran Church, now the First Lutheran Church of Oklahoma City, and opened April 22, 2013.

The church has partnered with the museum to display the contents of the chest, which included the poster, a number of photographs, the first state flag of Oklahoma, a letter in braille, American Indian artifacts and dozens of letters from the pioneers of the time.

The exhibit opening marks the 125th anniversary of the Oklahoma Land Run of 1889.


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