This High School Unearthed A Shocking 100-Year-Old Secret

During the autumn months of 1917 — a year in which the first jazz record was released, the Ford Model T ran the roads, and the “Great War” waged on — a classroom in Oklahoma City received new blackboards. Though it’s a rather mundane moment in history, this simple act preserved a sliver of time that would remain undiscovered and undisturbed for one hundred years. Original Article: Little Things When contractors began work on four classrooms of Emerson High School, they knew their remodel would improve education — but they never expected it would impact local history. Looking to upgrade the rooms with new whiteboards and smartboards, the workers had to first remove the outdated chalkboards. But when they began to pull away the old boards, they made a startling discovery… Beneath the current boards rested another set of chalkboards — untouched for nearly 100 years. Protected and totally undisturbed, the century-old writings and drawings looked like they were made just yesterday. Here, a November calendar rolls into December. A turkey marks the celebration of Thanksgiving. A multiplication table gives us a glimpse into the curriculum and methods taught in 1917, techniques perhaps lost in the passage of time. When regarding a wheel of multiplication, Principal Sherry Kishore told The Oklahoman, “I have never seen that technique in my life.” But Oklahoma City school officials aren’t just shocked by what is written, but how it is written. Penmanship like this is clearly a lost art. This board reads, “I give my head, my heart, and my life to my God and One nation indivisible with justice for all.” Within...

12 of the Oldest U.S. Structures!

These structures have survived the harshest winters and scorching summers, flooding and lightning strikes, making their histories undeniably interesting. The Jethro Coffin House is a historical gem as it is the last of Nantucket’s original 17th-century settlement, says the Nantucket Historical Association. The home was struck by lightning in 1987 but was carefully restored, unhindered by the accident and just as beautiful as before. (Photo Credit: Library of Congress) The C.A. Nothnagle Log House has surprisingly avoided any major damage due to nature since its construction between 1638 and 1643. It is the oldest log cabin in the United States and was part of the New Sweden colony. Gibbstown is in the southwest climate zone of New Jersey and experiences some of the state’s highest average daily temperatures and nighttime temperatures, says Rutgers University. This likely contibutes to the breakage of the clay that holds the logs together, however, a good samaritan and his wife constantly replace the clay to ensure the cabin continues to stand strong. (Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Smallbones) The Cathedral of San Juan Bautista, second oldest cathedral in the Americas, was originally built in 1521. The wooden structure was destroyed by a hurricane in 1526 and destroyed again in 1539. Bautista was rebuilt out of stone in 1540, but another hurricane damaged the elegant building in 1615, says Wonder Mondo. Despite multiple devastating hurricanes, the restored cathedral stands tall in defiance. (Photo Credit: Flickr/Roger (roger4336) Santa Fe’s Palace of the Governors is a 400-year-old adobe structure built as a governmental seat by the Spanish in the early 17th century. The building’s cement stucco walls are crumbling,...

Museum Opens America’s Oldest Time Capsule Buried by Paul Revere and Sam Adams

Experts at a Boston museum opened up a 1795 time capsule buried by Sam Adams and Paul Revere in front of live-cameras Tuesday. The more than 200-year-old antique — thought by experts to possibly be the oldest unopened time capsule in the U.S. — was found in a granite cornerstone at the Massachusetts State House by workers repairing a water leak in December. According to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the capsule contained five newspapers, one folded title page, one silver plaque, 24 coins and one paper impression of the Seal of the Common Wealth. “History was made and dissevered tonight,” the museum said in a Facebook post. But Brad is...