History captured: 100-year-old time capsule opened

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    OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (CNN/KFOR) -- A 100-year-old time capsule buried in an Oklahoma church has been unearthed. It shows what people living so long ago thought cool enough to lock away for others to see 100 years later.

    This is an amazing day for the congregation and the citizens of Oklahoma City; a glimpse into the past open and displayed for the first time since the early 1900s.

    It contained things like Native American relics, art and Oklahoma history tucked away and preserved for the future. Nancy Schwab says, "The time capsules shows just how much things have changed. This telephone and hat were the height of technology and fashion 100 years ago."

    Oklahoma City mayor Mick Cornett says, "We love history, it's really one of our favorite subjects and when we heard about a century chest being opened, we just couldn't pass that up."

    Nancy Schwab brought her kids to see the time capsule. It was a way to make history come alive for them. She says, "On the way over here we talked about what things might be in there and I think the kids kind of had a good idea of some of the things that might be in there."

    Cornett says, "They added things like a woman's dress, a telephone, a brand new pair of shoes still in the box, things from every-day life that I think we think are a wonderful glimpse of that day and age."

    The time capsule gathered people from all over the state for one common interest. Michelle Edstrom says, "You know, I was just interested in seeing what someone would have packed 100 years ago for us to see today, you know, what they thought would be interesting to us."

    All of the items in the time capsule will be displayed at the Oklahoma History Center later this year.

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