A mammoth steel time capsule capturing Albertans’ memories and mementos went on a province-wide tour offering more than 200 communities a chance to help mark Alberta’s 100th birthday.
The time capsule is almost 6.5 meters (21 feet) long, and 1.8 meters (6 feet) in diameter and weighing more than 1,497 kg (3,300 lbs) empty; 2,722 kg (6,000 lbs) when full. Containing lights, strobes, LED screens and fog machines, the capsule required over 3,000 hours for design, sandblasting, welding, painting and electronics installation.
Throughout the summer of 2005, the Alberta Centennial Time Capsule visited the 10 towns and cities that hosted the Alberta Spirit celebrations. On September 1, it was in Edmonton to participate in the official celebrations at the Legislature.
More than 200 communities received a ‘micro time capsule’ measuring 76 centimeters (30 inches) long and 12.7 centimeters (5 inches) in diameter. Communities were invited to lock away historical mementos, photographs, newspaper clippings, items reflecting local culture and other items telling the story of their area.
At each stop on the tour, communities were invited to bring out their ‘micro time capsule’ to deposit in the Alberta Centennial Time Capsule.
The traveling time capsule display was escorted by a gentleman in period costume driving a 1914 McLaughlin touring car to represent the past. Also accompanying the capsule on the tour will be a young lady representing the future.
The time capsule also embarked on a tour of Alberta schools in the fall. Students at thirteen schools were given the chance see the time capsule first hand and interact with a character from 1905 who will tell the story of the Centennial Time Capsule, how it was built, where it has been. Schools were encouraged to engage their students in activities that explore Alberta's past and future leading up to and during the Centennial Time Capsule's visit.