The Geography Department Time Capsule, marking our 30th Anniversary, will be opened on the Department’s Centennial in 2074. The anodized aluminum cylinder is 12 inches in diameter and 24 inches long and contains historic and contemporary memorabilia commemorating Geography in general and the UCSB Department of Geography in particular.
Time Capsule Contents:
- 1980s era landsat imagery.
- 1992 vintage first generation Magellan GPS.
- Chinese-made marine sextant, used by Ray Smith in teaching navigation.
- List of Golledge Lectures.
- Assorted photographs and papers documenting Reg Golledge’s Personal Navigation and Haptic Soundscapes projects.
- First generation palmtop computer.
- Early distance measuring and dictation devices.
- Package of memorabilia surrounding the 30th Anniversary events.
- Programs and name tags from the 100th Anniversary AAG meeting, including a program for the Banquet signed by all UCSB alums present.
- A 1946 La Cumbre UCSB Yearbook.
- Copy of the History of the Department article from the APCG Yearbook.
- Copy of the UCSB Geography History poster.
- Current Student Guide.
- Current General Catalog.
- All current students’registration material.
- Historical posters advertising Geography classes.
- Faculty papers and textbooks.
The physical installation of the time capsule took place December 22, 2004 in the courtyard between Ellison and Buchanan halls—in a corner of the concrete seating area surrounding the main courtyard planter. The stonemason, Mr. Todd Littlehale of Physical Facilities, commented, “I feel like I’m taking part in an historical event!” He was!