University of Calgary

On the eve of a 50th anniversary

July 28, 2009

More than half a century ago, sod was turned to begin construction on the first two buildings on the University of Calgary’s campus

Alberta cabinet minister, Fred Colborne, turning the first sod for the new campus on Nov. 1, 1958
Alberta cabinet minister, Fred Colborne, turning the first sod for the new campus on Nov. 1, 1958
Photo credit: University of Calgary archives: 92.076/1.01

As part of Historic Calgary Week, there will be a one-hour special presentation to commemorate University of Calgary Day on Wednesday, July 29, starting at 10 a.m. It will be held in the Administration building (formerly the old Arts building) in A140, one of the early lecture halls on campus.

Five members of the Emeritus Association of the University of Calgary, including Ethel Shaw King, Ian Adam, Cyril Challice, Peter Krueger and Fred Terentiuk, were on hand when the present-day campus opened in the fall of 1960. They will be will be available Wednesday to share their memories of the first year of campus, immediately after a short slide show on the university in the early 1960s.

“This will be a unique celebration of our first half century on our present-day campus,” says U of C history prof Don Smith, who retired in June after 35 years with the university.


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