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Wednesday, 02 September 2020 20:42

HSO Sponsorships & Awards

The Historical Society of Ottawa offers a range of awards on an annual basis that are available to local students ranging from elementary school to university. HSO is the official patron of the Ottawa Regional Heritage Fair which provides two awards, The Richard Scott Award and The Sacred Chaudière Falls Award, to up to four local students, ranging from Grades 4 to 10. In addition, HSO provides The Colonel By Award to one undergraduate student at each of our two local universities which have a History department: the University of Ottawa and Carleton University, as well as our Applied Museum Studies Award for one student at Algonquin College. The awardees of the ORHF awards are selected by a selection committee made up of judges from a wide variety of local organizations and our post-secondary awards are selected by their respective faculties.


The Colonel John By Award 

The Colonel John By Award in History is a prize of $750, awarded annually to both a Carleton University student and a University of Ottawa student in a graduate or undergraduate history course who write the best paper in their respective university in either English or French on a topic concerning the history of Ottawa or the Ottawa Valley. The students will be awarded an additional $300 on submitting acceptable manuscripts for publication in the Bytown Pamphlet Series.

2022 Award Winners - uOttawa

We increased this year’s award so that we could award $100.00 to each of Professor Sarah Templier’s Venture Program participants: The Galloping Gourmet by Rowan Moore and Brenna Roblin, The Rideau Canal by Charles Wickens, Breanna Campbell and Jameson Holdip, Ottawa and the Fur Trade by Danny Bengert and Jordan Johnstone, Epidemics in Ottawa by Jessica Barton and Victoria Pope, and The Murder of Thomas D’Arcy McGee and the Fenian Brotherhood by Jack Lapalme and Thomas Wagner.

See this write-up on the uOttawa competition for more details.

You can find links to the full student online presentations here.

2022 Award Winner - Carleton University
 

Émilie Mireault

 

Émilie Mireault – “Carleton’s Gandhi: Statues and Their Idealising Natures”.

Émilie’s winning paper is currently under review by our publications committee and we hope to soon publish it as a Bytown Pamphlet! Stay tuned!

 


Past winners

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The 2021 winner of the Colonel John By Award for History is Jaime Simons of Carleton University for their work Shipwrecks of the Ottawa River and Rideau Canal. This fascinating, interactive presentation is featured on our website.

Jaime Simons is an MA student at Carleton University in Public History and Digital Humanities. Their work focuses on using sound as a means for substantive engagement with history, and engages with the role of steamboats in the industrialization and colonization of the Ottawa River in the nineteenth century. Jaime is the current Garth Wilson Fellow at Ingenium (2021-2022), where they will continue this work. You can reach them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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The 2020 Winner of The Colonel John By Award was Christian Comeau of Carleton University for his essay “Urban Chickens: Like a phoenix rising from the ashes." The essay explores the history of rules around the raising of chickens by city-dwellers in light of recent changes to municipal bylaws in the City of Gatineau to permit egg-laying hens on certain properties.

 

 

 


The Algonquin College Applied Museum Studies Award

The Algonquin College Award is a prize of $750, awarded annually to a student in the Applied Museums Studies program at Algonquin College.

2022 Algonquin College Award

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The HSO's Karen Lynn Ouellette and Ben Weiss were pleased to present the 2022 award to Jeanne Rodrigue.

Algonquin College held this year's event for graduates on April 19, 2022 at the Ottawa Art Gallery, which is also where Jeanne completed her internship, contributing to the exciting new exhibit "Dark Ice" featuring the art of Ottawa's Leslie Reid and Robert Kautuk of Kangiqtugaapik, Nunavut.

It has been for all, a very different world these past few years. Algonquin College's President, Claude Brulé, spoke of the challenges faced these past two years.  One of the Applied Museum Studies' coordinators and instructors mentioned that this evening for graduating students was the first time she'd met many of them in person!

We offer our congratulations to all of the graduating students, especially so in these difficult times, and we extend our best wishes as you commence exciting new careers.

Past winners

The 2020 winner of The Algonquin College Award is Jonah Ellens. Jonah writes: 

It is with great personal satisfaction that I accept this award. I have enjoyed researching, studying and sharing Ottawa's history over the past years. I am thankful for the role Algonquin College and my friends in the Applied Museum Program have played in helping me develop my skills so that I can continue to improve my abilities and better share local history. I hope that in the near future we can return to an unrestricted public setting to tell our stories.

Ottawa Regional Heritage Fair

The Historical Society of Ottawa is an official sponsor of the Ottawa Regional Heritage Fair (ORHF), which is usually held in April.

Le Prix Sir Richard William Scott Award

Le Prix Sir Richard William Scott Award is presented annually at the Ottawa Regional Heritage Fair. The award is given to research project on an Ottawa-themed historical project. A certificate is awarded, along with a cash prize of $300.

Indigenous Sacred Chaudière Falls Award

Indigenous Sacred Chaudière Falls Award is presented annually at the Ottawa Regional Heritage Fair to recognize, support, and encourage participation by Indigenous youth in projects that reflect and celebrate Indigenous culture and traditions, or that look at the impact of settler colonial policies on Indigenous peoples. The award consists of $300 and a certificate.

ORHF 2022

We were thrilled to again participate in the Ottawa Regional Heritage Fair, held on April 20, 2022, at the Canadian War Museum.

It has been twenty years since the HSO advocated for the establishment of this annual event, showcasing the work of students, Grades 4 through 10, from Ottawa area schools. The HSO continues as the ORHF's official patron. 

This year was the first in-person fair since before the pandemic. Fewer schools were able to participate than in the past but those that did were superbly represented by an extraordinary group of students with a clearly evident passion and appreciation for history.  We are confident that, as COVID precautions ease, we will see the number of schools participating quickly return to normal.

Congratulations to Felix Graham Bevin and Yigit Yarangulmelioglu of Glashan Public School whose project "Ottawa: What is the history of our nation's capital?" won the HSO's Richard Scott Award at this week's Ottawa Regional Heritage Fair. These 8th graders know their history!!

Felix and Yigit's in-depth knowledge and enthusiasm for Ottawa's history was apparent as they presented a full run-down on our city's past... beginning with the area's Indigenous roots... Champlain's travels through the area in the 1600s... the arrivals of Philemon Wright and Colonel By... the innovations of Thomas Ahearn... up to more recent figures such as Dan Aykroyd. The young men even made sure to mention Ottawa's Kai-Voon Joe, one of the first Chinese women to settle in Canada.

2022 ORHF 

HSO President Karen Lynn Ouellette was proud to present Felix and Yigit with their well-deserved award from the HSO.  In addition, HSO members Bryan Cook and Ben Weiss participated as judges this year.

All of the projects at this week's annual Ottawa Regional Heritage Fair were amazing. Congratulations to all of the students and thank you so much to their teachers and the ORHF's organizers.

Past Winners
2021 Virtual Fair

HSO is immensely proud of our important role as official Patron of the annual Ottawa Regional Heritage Fair (ORHF).

Every year, enthusiastic young students from area schools submit wonderfully researched and thoughtfully written projects relating to local and/or Canadian history.

In “normal” years, a national museum atrium is jostling with students, teachers, parents, and local dignitaries while judges carefully examine each creatively rendered project, assessing the imaginative submissions, quizzing the young competitors, and determining the well-deserved award winners.

As we all know, things are done quite differently these days.

Take a look at some of the fascinating projects submitted by these young people for 2021 virtual edition of the ORHF.

2020 Fair Cancelled

Due to the COVID-19 emergency, the Ottawa Regional Heritage Fair Committee cancelled the 2020 Fair that was to be held on April 22, 2020, at the Canadian Museum of History. The Fair will return in 2021.

2019 Ottawa Regional Heritage Fair

Le Prix Sir Richard William Scott Award

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HSO president, Karen Lynn Ouellette, presents the Sir Richard William Scott Award to Derek Strachan and Joseph Schmidt of Glashan Public School at the 2019 Ottawa Regional Heritage Fair for their project "Comment le Canal a-t-il impacté le Canada."

Sacred Chaudière Falls Award

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Karen Lynn Ouellette, president of the Historical Society of Ottawa, presents the Indigenous Sacred Chaudière Falls Award to Nevaeh Sarazin, a Grade 5 student from St. James Catholic School in Eganville, west of Ottawa, and a member of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation.

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Friday, 31 January 2020 17:01

Pamphlets Available for Sale

Price of the Bytown Pamphlet Series (cost of postage is extra)

  • $4.00

*pamphlets numbered #88 and #101 are books which sell for $15/$10 for members

Please contact the Historical Society of Ottawa by post or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to order printed copies of pamphlets.


No.AuthorTitleAvailable
78 Timothy Osborne Bellwood Mobile Home Park Y
79 Don Carrington Windfall: the Badge Story Y
80 Lillian Scott Desbarats Recollections Book 1- Elizabeth Residence and Laurier House Y
81 Lillian Scott Desbarats Recollections Book 2 - Chapel Court, Union Mission, T. D. McGee Y
82 Lillian Scott Desbarats Recollections Book 3 - Irish Settlers, Earnscliffe, Sir Richard Scott Y
84 Lillian Scott Desbarats Recollections Book 4, Some Old Houses in Sandy Hill Y
88 Dave Mullington To Be Continued...A short history of the Historical Society of Ottawa (book) Y
91 Ian Browness and Cynthia Coristine The Bate Brothers of Ottawa, Booklet 1: The Brothers' Circuitous Path to Bytown Y
93 Ian Browness and Cynthia Coristine The Bate Brothers of Ottawa, Booklet 3: Sir Henry Newell Bate & Family: A Civic Legacy Y
98 Christine F. Jackson From Steamboats to the NHL: The Ottawa Valley's Cowley Family Y
99 Tyler Owens A Mayor's Life: John Scott, First Mayor of Bytown (1824-1857) Y
100 Diana Pepall Canada's Bletchley Park: The Examination Unit in Ottawa's Sandy Hill, 1941-1945 Y
101 Glenn Wright Controversy, Compromise and Celebration: The History of Canada's National Flag (book) Y
102 Elizabeth V. Krug Martin O'Gara, Ottawa's First Irish Catholic Police Magistrate, 1863-1899 Y
103 George A. Neville Loyalist Land Grants Along the Grand (Ottawa) River, 1788 Y
104 Doris Grierson Hope Our "Capitol" Wrens Y
105 James Powell & Bryan D. Cook When Ottawa Welcomed the Empire through a Yorkshireman's Lens Y
106 Katherine Van der Veen Protests and Affordable Housing Policy Delayed: Urban Renewal and the Demolition of LeBreton Flats Y
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Pamphlets

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If you interested in having a more in-depth knowledge of Ottawa rich and diverse history, the HSO’ s Bytown Pamphlet series is for you!

Since the early 1980s, the Society has regularly published monographs on various aspects of Ottawa’s history. These monographs are available free to members and through the Ottawa Public Library, Library and Archives Canada, and the City of Ottawa Archives. We are currently in the process of scanning and digitizing all of our pamphlets to make them more accessible to the general public. 

The first introductory pamphlet produced by the Historical Society of Ottawa contains excerpts from an address on the history of the Historical Society given by E.M. Taylor before the Ontario Genealogical Society (Ottawa Branch) on March 22, 1976.

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Books

On occasion, the Society publishes substantive research in the form of a book.
Prices of books vary — as shown below — and the cost of postage is extra.

To order, please contact the Historical Society of Ottawa by mail or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

TitleAuthorDate PublishedMember PriceNon-member Price
Introducing William Pittman Lett, Ottawa's first city clerk and bard, 1819-1892 Introducing William Pittman Lett, Ottawa's First City Clerk and Bard, 1819-1892 Bryan Cook 2015 $20.00 $25.00
To Be Continued... A short history of the Historical Society of Ottawa To Be Continued . . . A Short History of The Historical Society of Ottawa Dave Mullington 2013 $10.00 $15.00
Controversy, Compromise and Celebration: The History of Canada's National Flag Controversy, Compromise and Celebration: The History of Canada’s National Flag (bilingual)
Controverses, compromis et célébrations : L’histoire du drapeau national du Canada (bilingue)
Glenn Wright 2017 $10.00 $15.00

 

Looking for more local history books? Check out these titles available from the Cumberland Township Historical Society.

 

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Thursday, 02 January 2020 15:49

Meetings of the Historical Society of Ottawa

All are welcome, admission is free.

We have returned to our regular in-person Speaker Series in the auditorium of the Main Branch of the Ottawa Public Library, 120 Metcalfe Street, at 1:00 pm on a Saturday afternoon of each month (except in July, August, and December). The Main Branch auditorium is fully accessible via an elevator with priority seating for those needing special accommodation.

We plan to continue to present our evening Speaker Series via Zoom, due to the enormously positive response we have had to this virtual format, at 7 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month (except for June, July, August, and December). The virtual Speaker Series will be conducted online using the Zoom software platform.

In addition, we conduct an Annual General Meeting (AGM), normally in May, an occasion for the board of directors to account for their conduct during the preceding year and offer an insight to plans for the future. All members are eligible to vote for individual candidates for the board of directors.


Upcoming Meetings

AGM
DATE
Jun 25 2024
TIME
07:00PM
SERIES
Evening Series
Guest Speaker: Peter McBride
DATE
Sep 11 2024
TIME
07:00PM
SERIES
Evening Series

View the full calendar


Past Meetings Reports

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Publications Policy

The Society shall publish reports in its Bytown Pamphlet Series on research which meets the Society’s objectives, and is either required of students under awards supported by the Society, or unsolicited from members or non-members, subject to passing an editorial review process approved by majority vote of the Board and to priorities dictated by the Society’s objectives and resources.

One copy of each report shall be distributed to each member in good standing as of its date of publication; others may buy copies at a price to be determined by a majority vote of the Board. Two copies of each published Bytown Pamphlet shall be sent to Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario for legal deposit and registration under ISBN and ISSN. Two copies shall be deposited in the Historical Society of Ottawa holdings at the City of Ottawa Archives.

All manuscripts should be submitted to the Director for Publications or the Publications Committee. In accordance with the Copyright Act (R.S.C. 1970, c C-30, s.5), ownership of this intellectual material remains with the author for life plus 50 years, unless signed away to someone else. HSO published formats are copyright of the HSO and shall only be reproduced with the consent of the Director for Publications or the Publications Committee. A copyright release, as follows and also available from the Publications Committee, shall also require authors to assume responsibilities to verify the copyright status of quotations and illustrations which they have provided for use in their reports, and to ensure appropriate citation of sources.

For inquiries regarding publications, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Copyright Release


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Contributor’s Certification

 

Manuscript Title ________________________________________________________


Publication Title ________________________________________________________

I certify that:
I have acquired permission to reproduce any previously copyrighted material which I have provided for use in my manuscript including, inter alia , sources, quotations and illustrations for which I have given accurate citation in the manuscript;

I agree to transfer to The Historical Society of Ottawa (HSO) publishing rights to the manuscript: that is, without relinquishing my proprietary rights as author, I transfer to HSO the rights to reproduce and distribute the article in HSO format, including figures and graphic reproductions, and the right to adapt the manuscript to conform to HSO publishing standards; and

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I agree that the article may be reprinted or copied for non-profit use by individuals and organizations without my written permission, providing proper credit is given to the source of the item
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the article may not be printed or copied without my written permission.

 

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