On Sunday November 26th Centre co-director David Dean, project lead on the Workers’ History Museum’s Ottawa2017 project Capital History Kiosks, celebrated the project’s completion at a special closeout event at 25One Community Centre. Ottawa2017 Executive Director Guy Laflamme who was master of ceremonies told over forty people in attendance that the project was one of “the top three” of the projects held over the year to celebrate our sesquicentennial. Capital History Kiosks tells little known stories about Ottawa’s past through a vinyl wrap around a traffic control box. Each wrap features a unique archival image or original painting by project partner Ross Rheaume and a QR code taking visitors to capitalhistory.ca to learn more. Building on the earlier Bank Street Ottawa’s Main Street? Project (research for which was carried out by MA Public History student Emily Keyes thanks to a Mitacs grant made possible by the generosity of Ryan Shackleton’s local research firm Know History), the 17 stories told on 18 installations for Capital History Kiosks were researched by MA students in David’s museum’s seminar: Emily Barsanti-Innes, Kelsey Bodechon, Lisa Bullock, Francesca Brzezicki, Sarah Chelchowski, Meredith Comba, Pascale Couturier, Kelly Ferguson, Dany Guay-Belanger, Jen Halsall, Sara Hollett, Stephanie Lett, Adam Mahoney, Phoebe Mannell, Kelsea Mckenna, Kira Smith, Rebecca Sykes, and William Teal. The installations can be found in eleven Ottawa neighbourhoods from downtown to Barrhaven in the south, Wellington Village-Hintonburg in the west, and Vanier in the east, They were designed and installed by Andre Mersereau of ChapterOneStudio.

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