With the dawn of the 1940s, Oklahoma A&M College looked to a brighter future. The Great Depression had been a real test, but it seemed the worst was over. A three-day Golden Jubilee celebration was set for December 13-15, 1941, to commemorate the college's 50th anniversary.
Several speakers, an open house and a banquet were scheduled, alumni and other state notables were invited, and preparations well underway--when it happened. On December 7, 1941, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. The next day, the U.S. entered World War II.
With few adjustments, the celebration proceeded, culminating with the 50-year anniversary banquet on Dec. 15, 1941. Those in attendance were asked to compose messages for a time capsule labeled “Secrets of the Century,” which ultimately included another box and all sorts of memorabilia. The containers were opened during the centennial anniversary in 1990.
History students and faculty (pictured) gathered information for the capsule, guided by historian Dr. B.B. Chapman. When the time capsule information was moved and sealed in the wall of the newly constructed library (1950s), Chapman would pose with Professor Emeritus Clarence McElroy (see photo) for the occasion.