Time capsule found in Durant library

By: Kristen Shanahan Email
By: Kristen Shanahan Email

DURANT, OK -- Just weeks ago a hidden piece of history was found in a Texoma library. Kristen Shanahan visited a library in Durant, Oklahoma where a time capsule was unveiled. She tells us what the city is planning to do with the artifact.

It was the remodeling of Durant's old library that led to the discovery of the time capsule. City leaders say after weeks of trying to uncover its mystery they still do not know much about it, but they are hoping area residents will come forward to help.

For decades hundreds of people passed through the entryway of the Robert L. Williams Library not knowing a treasure was buried behind a heavy brass plaque.

Bryan County City Commissioner, Monty Montgomery says during the work to remodel the library into a courthouse annex they discovered a bronze time capsule

"I'm as curious as anybody else, you know, what's in the box but again I believe we need to honor the desire of those who put that in there," Montgomery said.

They handed the time capsule over to the City and now he says it is up to them to decide what to do with it.

City Manager James Dunegan says they are not going to open the box until they find out who left it there and why.

"We want to abide by the requests of the people, but somehow nobody left any information on it that we can find," Dunegan said.

Assistant Librarian Reba Titsworth says she believes the time capsule may have been placed behind the plaque dating "1955" by a senior class that graduated in the 50s.

"i'm sure there's going to be some old newspapers. Maybe something from the class if it was a class. Maybe prophecies from the class. So I'm just excited to find out," Titsworth said.

Everyone who knows about the aged box says they are itching to find out what's inside, hoping it sheds a little light on Texoma history.

"We're always looking for something that'll tell us something about what was happening at that time, and that would be my interest in it," Dunegan said.

City leaders ask anyone who has any information about the time capsule to contact the City of Durant or the library.

To contact the city call (580)-931-6600, or the library call 580-924-3486.

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