Sir Winston Churchill first appeared in Ottawa in December 1900 on a speaking tour, spinning the tale of his escape from the Boers, a highly publicized escapade that had just launched his political career. Immediately following the lecture, citing “fatigue,” he decided to blow off his next tour stop and sit tight for a bonus day in O-town.
Montreal’s William Notman took the first known photo series featuring Ottawa in 1859–60. After many years lying in obscurity, and with help from the Bytown and McCord Museums, Ashley Newall of Capital History Ottawa #colorized has dug them out for us to see.
The National Gallery of Canada (NGC) launched a new NGC Conservation Internship Program for BIPOC students from across Canada to help increase the representation of professionals from diverse communities.
Step back in time with Ashley Newall’s colourized photos of Ottawa’s railway station through the years.
The current site of the War Memorial used to be the location of Ottawa’s grand post office and custom house. Check out the pictures of that beautiful old building here, in our latest Capital History article from Ashley Newall.
Ottawa Art Gallery’s Galerie Annexe presents the photo exhibition Stéphane Alexis: Chains & Crowns, until Sept. 12, 2021. Each photograph features a hairstyle of African descent; lit, framed and presented with extensively researched information.
Parliament Hill is such an icon in Ottawa that it’s hard to imagine the city before it existed. In the latest Capital History article, Ashley Newall gives you the story of building the first Centre Block in the 1860s.
Who doesn’t love a good diner? Bowles Lunch’s two Ottawa locations were long-time prime meeting places for rich and poor to congregate and chew the fat.
As the pluralized name suggests, they were indeed a chain, with a second location at 209 Bank Street, right on the northeast corner of Nepean Street. Premier Hats was founded in 1912 by the delightfully named Samuel Gluck, his first store opening on an opposite corner of Bank and Nepean.
Like almost every organization in the area, the pandemic has dramatically altered Historical Society of Ottawa’s educational outreach. Last year, they made the switch to Zoom meetings instead of in-person talks, which seems to have been a successful move.
Ashley Newall’s “Capital History Ottawa” (#colourized) has been chronicling past scenes in the city through his newly colourized photos and accompanying factoids. The project’s home is on Twitter, but once a month, a more in-depth piece delving into the stories behind the pics will be published here on Apt613.
When was Ottawa’s first pub built? Was there ever a nuclear reactor at Tunney’s Pasture? What is James Bond’s connection to the nation’s capital? One Ottawa man could confidently answer all three questions: Andrew King, local artist, animator, and history-sleuth-turned-author.
Interview: Anna Shah Hoque and Cara Tierney, curators of To Be Continued: Troubling the Queer Archive podcast and exhibition
Anna Shah Hoque and Cara Tierney are the curators of To Be Continued: Troubling the Queer Archive, an exhibition that looks at Ottawa’s local histories and genealogies of queerness.
These kinds of educational exhibition go a long way toward putting us in touch with the reality that sometimes gets lost during our modern lives. Bravo, Museum of Nature.
This week’s geotour starts and ends where the Rideau Canal enters the Ottawa River, just below the Chateau Laurier. The tour will feature a moderate walk or bike ride between two provinces and reveal the history of why the Rideau Canal ends where it does.