The Legislature’s Time Capsule that was unearthed on June 18, 2012 was officially opened on September 2, 2012 on Labour Day Long Weekend. The centennial capsule was buried in 1909 in a cavity beneath the Cornerstone (denoted by a brass plaque) at the east entrance of the Legislature Building. This historic ceremony attracted a few hundreds of spectators, despite of the light rain in the morning. New items will be placed in the Time Capsule on the last day of this year. The list of items to be included are currently being voted online on Legislative Assembly of Alberta website. Only top five of the pre-selected 20 items will be included in the 2012 time capsule.
The current 20 choices are:
* Those ones highlighted in yellow are to be included in 2012 Time Capsule.
- Letters to the future by Alberta schoolchildren with predictions about what life will be like in the next 100 years
- Newspapers from September 3, 2012
- Photos of current events from 2012
- Roll of 2012 pennies and one full uncirculated 2012 coin set
- Diamond Jubilee pin commemorating 60 years of service by HRH Queen Elizabeth II
- Photos of the June 18, 2012, removal of the time capsule from 1909
- 2012 map of Alberta and maps of the provincial ridings
- Diamond Jubilee stamp set from Canada Post
- Photos of the interior and exterior of the Legislature Building
- Item commemorating the centenary of the Calgary Stampede
- Item honouring Alberta artists
- Item honouring Alberta industry
- Albertopoly board game
- Item commemorating Alberta’s contribution to the London 2012 Summer Olympics
- Canadian Oxford Dictionary
- Sports memorabilia honouring Alberta’s professional teams
- Speech from the Throne from the First Session of the 28th Legislature, signed by the Lieutenant Governor
- Photos of classes that participated in School at the Legislature in 2012
- Official election results from the April 23, 2012, provincial general election
- Sheet music of Alberta, the province’s official song from the 2005 centennial
What are the Contents inside Time Capsule?
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The first few items pulled out from the centenary capsule by Hon. Gene Zwozdesky (Speaker of The Legislative Assembly of Alberta), Culture Minister Heather Klimchuk, and Alberta Premier Alison Redford were remains of a Bible, a sheepskin scroll, and lists detailing premiers, MLAs and other civil servants dated back to 1912. Next, the Premier’s daughter took out an Edmonton Daily Bulletin and a Calgary newspaper. Other old newspapers taken out subsequently were another The Calgary Daily Herald (currently Calgary Herald), The Morning Albertan (defunct), and The Lethbridge Daily Herald (currently Lethbridge Herald). A 25-cent coin and a penny double the size of the ones in circulation today were pulled out by two lucky visitors in the crowds—a boy visiting from Calgary and a girl visiting from Newfoundland. Some other items at the bottom seemed to be stuck together and appeared brittle…could be a photograph. a map, or…??? The contents in the Time Capsule that was opened on the 100th birthday of Alberta’s Legislature Building did not appear to have survived the century as well as the building itself.
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For more centenary events, read Alberta Legislature Centennial Celebration.