In 1950 the Town of Dartmouth celebrated the 200th anniversary of its founding. A time capsule was created to commemorate the bicentennial and though it was intended to be opened for the 250th anniversary in 2000, last mayor of Dartmouth, Gloria McCluskey opened the capsule on July 30th, 1995 in what was seen then as Dartmouth's last birthday party before it merged into Halifax Regional Municipality in April 1996.
The newsclipping on the left describes the time capsule and shows the mayor and local historian Harry Chapman at the opening on the Dartmouth Common.
This virtual exhibit presents a selection of contents from the time capsule, which can be viewed in their entirety at Halifax Municipal Archives.
Daily News, July 31, 1995 p.5 (VFE-224-V)
- programmes from Bicentennial events;
- invitations to the Bicentenary events;
- post-cards of 1950s Dartmouth;
- The Patriot newspaper from July 20, 1950
- posters for the "Old Time" Market;
- Bicentennial Committee minutes, budget, stamp and ribbon-badges;
- IODE Bicentennial Committee minutes;
- a mounted plaque of the town logo with the Bicentenary banner;
- promotional match-book;
- 64 photographs (see selection below)
The Dartmouth Bicentennial and Old Home Week Committee was established in 1946 and chaired by Arthur C. Pettipas (mayor 1948-1950). The Town of Dartmouth provided $25,000 to the Committee to organize the 10-day celebration for the 200th anniversary of the founding of Dartmouth.
Photos of Bicentenary celebrations
Below is a selection of the 64 photographs taken by Benjamin Studios and placed in the time capsule. See the Archives Database to view all 64. Contact the Archives if you can identify any of the people or places shown, but not mentioned in the captions.