To mark SAIT’s centennial, the institute’s archivist Karly Sawatzky and her committee in the Reg Erhardt Library put together a calendar commemorating 100 years at SAIT.
The photos in the calendar were taken in and around SAIT during its 100-year tenure, including programs such as building construction and drafting, motorworks and commercial cooking.
“My favourite thing about looking at the older photographs is trying to piece together what was going through the students’ lives during that time,” said Sawatzky in an interview.
“They look so young to be in that type of school.
“We’re hoping to ride that popularity with what’s going on during the SAIT 100 celebrations.”
The commemorative calendar had an initial print of 500 copies and was released on Oct. 1, 15 days ahead of the centennial ceremonies.
“The idea behind the calendar was to show growth,” said Sawatzky.
The calendar first went out to the academic chairs and deans, and then more than 20 copies were given to head offices across the campus.
In addition to the photos, the calendar includes tidbits of information dating back to 1916 when the school, known then as the Provincial Institute of Technology and Art (PITA), opened its doors on Oct. 16, 1916.
Sawatzky and her committee currently have no plans to print more calendars due to budget constraints.
Digitizing of all the photos taken at SAIT started in 2010, using an archival program called CONTENTdm.
The archiving of the images was started with the help of the Provincial Archives of Alberta.
The program currently houses more than 5,500 images in its archives, using various categories to help sort out the school’s programs over the years.
Since then, with help from the archiving program, Sawatzky had put together four calendars since her start at SAIT in 2012.
Sawatzky plans to include a copy of the calendar and the “Colour Our History” colouring book, which include drawings based on the archive’s photos, into the upcoming time capsule commemorating the centennial.