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Vulcan celebrates 100 years & Star Trek museum opening

There’s a lot of excitement in Vulcan this weekend, as the town celebrates its centennial and the grand opening of Canada’s first and only Star Trek museum.

Trekcetera is a journey through Star Trek past, including authentic costumes and props from the show.

“From the wild west to the final frontier, we’re proud to be here and have fans from all over Canada,” said Michael Mangold, curator and owner of Trekcetera.

Where better to share a collection of memorabilia than the Star Trek capital of Canada?

The museum was slated to open in June, during Spock Days, but the unique displays weren’t quite right yet, needing inspection from CBS Studios.

Mangold says authenticity is of the utmost importance.

“There is never a chance for folks like me or you to see real costumes, see how beautiful they are,” he said.

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Trekcetera is also home to some of southern Alberta’s film history, including items from Brokeback Mountain and the original Superman movie.

100 years is a big party in Vulcan, with residents braving the rain on Friday to help kick off a weekend of fun in the town while marking the centennial.

Today’s population is less than 2,000, but with all the activities, organizers expect that could be doubled this weekend.

“We’re getting all the relatives to come back,” said Devan Daniels of Vulcan & District Tourism Society.  “We also have displays of family heritage, family histories.”

“There are so many interesting facts in the history of Vulcan.”