DURANT, Okla. (KTEN) — The year was 1973. A time capsule celebrating Durant's centennial was buried under a peanut statue.

On Friday, 50 years later, the capsule was unearthed.

Shannon Churchill was there for the burial five decades earlier.

"Just to see how everyone loves Durant and how they wanted to come and see the history," she said.

"It's just amazing to go back in time,  and thinking of what it was like at that particular time when they buried the time capsule, and what we're looking at in our city today," added Durant Chamber of Commerce executive director Janet Reed.

The city threw a big celebration Friday night, starting with booths at City Hall where families could recount their deep roots in Durant.

"I'm very proud of my family," said Deanna Leuzinger, adding that her grandparents were peanut farmers, and her parents were peanut inspectors. She recalled the shaking of peanuts at harvest time.

"My grandfather would hire guys to help with it. And he would hire them under one condition — and that was, if they could keep up with my mother, he would hire them," Leuzinger said. "And as far as I know, I don't know any of the guys that could outdo my mother."

Leuzinger said a lot of the documents got ruined from years of storage, but thankfully she was able to save several.

"I rescued a lot of these documents showing how my parents were trained, how they were paid," she said.

All kinds of centennial memorabilia could be found in the capsule, including photos, newspapers, buttons... and of course, letters to future families.

The contents of the time capsule will be placed on display for the public to see at City Hall. Plans are to move the items to the Three Valleys Museum in Durant.

And in September, the city will get another time capsule ready to bury.

Then in October,  First United Methodist Church will unveil its time capsule.