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Laying the Cornerstone

A part of the crowd that came to see the cornerstone laidAlbertans took great pride in the construction of their new Legislative Assembly Building.  On 1 October 1909, a large crowd turned out to join in the ceremonies as the Governor General of Canada, Earl Grey, laid the cornerstone.  The grounds were decorated with a ceremonial arch bearing the simple but optimistic motto, "We Reap We Sow".  Hundreds paraded through the arch to hear speeches from politicians and dignitaries.

Ceremonial ArchwayAs part of the ceremonies, several newspapers, coins and currency of the day, a set of building plans, a pay list from the project, and a list of those who supervised construction were placed in the cornerstone as mementos of the historic event.

 

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