In the late 90s, Camosun launched the Young Building Restoration Project as an $8.3 million joint initiative between the college, the Ministry of Advanced Education, Training and Technology and the Camosun College Foundation. The Ministry committed funds of $7.8 million toward the project, while the Camosun Foundation coordinated a community campaign to raise the remaining $500,000.
At the fundraising campaign announcement, Camosun College officials and a representative from the Provincial Archivists Office unveiled the contents of a time capsule recently discovered during the Young Building Renovations. The small copper box was discovered earlier this summer under a cornerstone originally laid in 1914.
Provincial Archivist Gary A. Mitchell, CRM, and Camosun’s Director of Physical Resources, Brian Genge delivered the copper time capsule to the campaign launch and unveiled its contents:
- The Daily Colonist newspaper – No. 54, fifty-sixth year – Friday, February 13, 1914
- An Invitation from the Hon. Minister of Education to the laying of the cornerstone on Friday, February 13th at 3pm, 1914
- List of honoured delegates at the cornerstone ceremony
- Manual of The School Law and School Regulations of the Province of BC – 1913
- 42nd 1912-1913 Annual Report of The Public Schools by the Superintendent of Education
- Nine coins including a $10 and a $5 1912 gold piece
College officials worked with the Provincial Archivist to determine how best to preserve the artifacts.