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Past perfect: Austin Peay celebrates Founder's Day in "vintage" style

April 22, 2002

To celebrate the founding of Austin Peay, 75 years ago this month, Student Affairs has planned several events reminiscent of the days when the University first came to be.

The activities include a peek into the turn-of-the-century time capsule unearthed during the Montgomery County courthouse renovations and a look at the University's seven-decade history. Music that characterized the '20s and '30s also will be part of the daylong celebration.

"All the events tie into the 1927 founding of the University," says Christina Wilson, the APSU graduate student who coordinated the events.

From 9 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 24, faculty, staff and students can see the contents of the recently discovered time capsule, on loan from the Customs House Museum. Townspeople filled and buried the capsule in the early 1900s, when the courthouse was rebuilt after being destroyed by fire.

At 11 a.m., Austin Peay's Leadership 3000 class will take a retrospective look at the University's past, focusing on how issues in the country, as well as leadership of the day, influenced APSU's history and development.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., celebrators can see cars of past eras. The vehicles, owned by members of the Memory Lane Cruisers, range from a 1927 Model-T Ford to a 1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass, according to Wilson. "We were so excited to get the Model-T," she says. "It was manufactured the same year the University was founded. So it's a great addition."

From noon to 1 p.m., the APSU Jazz Collegians will perform big-band tunes from the 1920s.

From 1 to 2 p.m., professor of music Dr. Thomas King and other members of the music department will come together, barbershop-quartet style, for an unstaged but harmonious blending of voices.