Oil is everywhere, in everything, and used by everyone. How did oil come to dominate our everyday lives? What is the story behind this powerful and mysterious natural resource that has shaped both the past and the present? In this lecture, we will examine the history of oil from the ancient period to the modern […]
If I Had a Hammer: Pete Seeger’s Life in Song Lecturer: Dr. Stephen Richer The year 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of the most influential and beloved troubadours of protest songs: Pete Seeger. To celebrate this folk singer and social activist’s legacy, banjo-playing sociologist Stephen Richer is giving lectures in […]
Join us at Fairfields Heritage House as we prepare for Easter with an authentic Pysanky (Ukrainian Easter egg) workshop led by artist Bozena Hrycyna. We’ll be using natural materials to decorate our pysanky including locally-sourced free range eggs, beeswax candles, and natural dyes (plant and animal based dyes). This beautiful tradition has its roots in […]
Personal biases aside, many Canadians can recall their own Trudeau memories. Whether it was watching him on TV as he addressed the nation or reading about his politics in the paper. Trudeau Stories will leave you just as curious as ever about the former prime minister with a desire to know more.
When is the last time you saw images of youth in a museum exhibition? Maybe it’s hard for you to recall? That’s probably because it has been a historically rare occurrence in museums.
Streetscape Memory Bank: Lost Uppertown’s commercial district continued: Wellington Street from Lyon to Bay
Just when you thought that one could come to the end of the history of Uppertown, this lost neighbourhood coughs up some further interesting pieces of information.
People enjoy themselves a good murder mystery, but what if you could be a part of one? Are you daring enough to take it that far?
Between now and September 9, Canadians across the country have the chance to offer their opinion of the future of 100 Wellington by completing an online survey or tweeting with #100Wellington.
Do you ever wonder, when looking at old building around the city, what stood there before?
As I locked my bike outside the Canadian Museum of History, I glanced over at the four school and two tour buses and my heart sank. Now let me see, what’s worse? In corner number one we have hordes of “last-week-of-school” kids running around, shrieking and purposely getting too close to artifacts so that the […]
Streetscape Memory Bank draws on Library and Archives Canada’s photographic records of Ottawa’s past to create a picture of Ottawa as it once was. Be sure to take a look at parts 1, 2, 3, and 4 of our journey through Uppertown, and check out our complete Streetscape Memory Bank archives here. In the 1913 […]
The Bytown Museum is one of the oldest structures in its vicinity, no small claim for a building flanked on either side by Parliament Hill and the Chateau Laurier. Though those stately buildings house plenty of history, they are all predated by the structure that became the Bytown Museum (commissioned in 1927) by nearly one-hundred […]
One place that evokes fond memories of Ottawa’s past shopping fortunes is the old Charles Ogilvy Ltd. store (or Ogilvys) on Rideau Street. I am just old enough to remember how the Ogilvys was in its last days in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Even then, it was a place of old world grandeur […]
When I was invited to tag along on The Ottawa Free Tour, a new activity on offer, I didn’t have to think it over much – they had me at “free”. With scarcely anything in life that doesn’t put a dent in my bank account, I’m clearly going to jump at anything that costs nothing. And […]