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Lady and Lord Aberdeen with the National Council of Women at Rideau Hall, shortly before their return to the United Kingdom, October 1898, Topley Studios/Library and Archives Canada, PA-029033

Truss Bridge over the Chaudière Falls, Ottawa River, watercolour by John Burrows, 1828, Library and Archives Canada, I.D. No. 2833217.

Timber raft on the Ottawa River, date unknown, John William Woolsey and family fonds, Library and Archives Canada, I.D. No. 319157.

Welcome

The Historical Society of Ottawa (HSO) is Ottawa’s oldest historical organization.The principal aim of the Society is to increase public knowledge of the history of Ottawa and the surrounding region through meetings, tours, awards, publications, and sponsored research.

HSO Articles

  • Dorothy Phillips: Victor and Evie

    31 July 2021 Speakers Presentations
    Our meeting on April 28, 2021, was as much a romance story as it was a history lesson. HSO member Dorothy Phillips has researched the life of the Duke of Devonshire, Victor Cavendish and his wife, Lady Evelyn Petty-Fitzmaurice, which the duke affectionately called “Evie”. In 2017, Dorothy assembled her…
  • Phil Jenkins: Arrested Development

    31 July 2021 Speakers Presentations
    In recent years we’ve enjoyed many presentations by Phil, where he has brought a joyful presence to Ottawa’s past, in story and song, but Phil has a special passion for the old neighbourhood of LeBreton Flats, and it’s hard to tell the story of this community without diving into the…
  • Charlotte Gray: Murdered Midas

    11 April 2021 Speakers Presentations
    Our March 31st guest speaker shares an interest history’s darker side. Author of nine award-winning books on Canadian history, Charlotte Gray published Murdered Midas: A Millionaire, His Gold Mine, and a Strange Death on an Island Paradise in 2019 to tell the story of the rise to wealth, and the…
  • Andrew King: What’s Ottawa Hiding?

    8 April 2021 Speakers Presentations
    The Historical Society of Ottawa went underground for our March 10th presentation, following author Andrew King on a journey to some of the hidden secrets of Ottawa’s past. In 2019, Andrew wrote Ottawa Rewind: A Book of Curios and Mysteries. This was a collection of stories Andrew had written individually…

Upcoming Events

Sep 15 2021
7:00PM - Online via Zoom

Rockin' on the Rideau: Ottawa's Golden Age of Rock & Roll

Jim Hurcomb

Sep 29 2021
7:00PM - Online via Zoom

Tunney's Pasture - The Story Behind Ottawa's Field of Dreams

Dave Allston

Oct 13 2021
7:00PM - Online via Zoom

Passing by History - The Capital History Kiosk Project

David Dean

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