HSO Sponsorships & Awards

The Historical Society of Ottawa is an official sponsor of the Ottawa Regional Heritage Fair, which is usually held in April. The 2019 Fair will be held on April 24, 2019 at the Canadian Museum of History.

The Historical Society of Ottawa provides a number of awards for students in public school, college and university. Candidates for these awards are nominated by the faculty of their respective school, with the final selection made by the Society’s board in consultation with faculty members.

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 $200.

The Algonquin College Award is a prize of $500, awarded annually to a student in the Applied Museums Studies program at Algonquin College.

The Colonel John By Award in History is a prize of $500, 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.

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 $100 and a certificate.