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Marking time: Opening SAIT's time capsules

Marking time: Opening SAIT's time capsules

Preparations for SAIT’s October centennial celebrations are in full swing, but it’s nice to note that our institution has always been keen on marking milestones. Former SAIT-ers had the foresight to bury time capsules on both the 50th and 75th anniversaries and, of course, we can hardly wait to uncover the mysteries that lurk inside.

The older of the two time capsules was put together in 1966 by SAIT’s Civil Service Association, an early version of the the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE). Originally, the capsule was planted outside of the John Ware building, but as the campus expanded (and it really has over the last 50 years) it had to be moved to the hill south of the Senator Burns building. In 1966 Lester B. Pearson was the Prime Minister of Canada, Americans were protesting the Vietnam War, the Beatles were playing on the radio, and mini-skirts were the look of the day in women’s fashion — find out what the SAIT community believed was most important in 1966 at our Oct. 16 campus-wide public birthday celebration when the contents of that time capsule are finally revealed. Several members of the campus community from that era — including those who helped build the time capsule — have said they’re planning on attending to take a walk down memory lane.

The other capsule is from more recent history, but is still older than a many of SAIT’s current students. Buried outside of Senator Burns in 1991, the 75th anniversary time capsule was originally placed near Heritage Hall but had to be moved to a spot between John Ware and Senator Burns at a later date. That capsule will be opened at an event this September.

What will Calgarians in 100 years want to know about our life today?

Since we’re not about to break with tradition, we’re marking our centennial with a new time capsule. There will be a public book available to sign at our birthday celebration on Oct. 16 that will go into the new capsule, which won’t be opened until 2116. What items do you think would represent SAIT and the world today, to people in 100 years? Let us know what you’d like to see included in the time capsule by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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