My three children were honored to participate in a ceremony today held at the Oklahoma Heritage Association and Gaylord-Pickens Museum in Oklahoma City, as members of the Oklahoma Centennial Commission and several of our state’s young citizens dedicated a time capsule scheduled to be opened in forty-five years, five years prior to the celebration of our state’s 150th birthday. Oklahoma celebrated its 100th birthday as a state in 2007, and this ceremony was the final act of our state’s Centennial Commission.


Each young student participating in the ceremony placed several items in the time capsule, and pledged to return to re-open the time capsule in 2052. Each one received a commendation from our Oklahoma governor, Brad Henry.


This was a historic and memorable occasion, and not only inspired thinking about the history of our great state but also expectations for the exciting future into which we are moving rapidly. My children took some time this evening to reflect on the experience as well as what they think they’ll be doing in almost fifty years in a VoiceThread digital story we created at home:

In addition to witnessing my children participate in this historic time capsule ceremony, I was also thrilled to meet Dr. David Boren, current present of the University of Oklahoma, following his book-signing time at the museum this afternoon. Dr. Boren served as governor of Oklahoma from 1975 to 1979 and in the United States Senate from 1979 to 1994.

David Boren and Wesley Fryer

Bob Burke and Von Russell Creel have recently published “Oklahoma Statesman: The Life of David Boren,” and all three were present today to sign copies of the book.

Of the photos I took today, the following is my favorite, where my five year old is showing members of the audience the items she is about to proudly place into the Oklahoma Centennial time capsule:

Rachel shows the audience the items she is going to place into the time capsule

I love our Oklahoma Centennial slogan:

A unique history. An extraordinary Future.


The best is yet to come, for we write the future! 🙂

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One Response to My young Oklahomans pledge to return in 2052

  1. Wesley Fryer says:

    Evidently my 5 year old’s photo from the ceremony is on page 3 of The Daily Oklahoman today. I haven’t seen the paper yet. The article “Oklahoma kids capture a moment in time” is online but doesn’t include any photos.

    This is a short video clip about the ceremony.

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