Coming Events

Unless otherwise stated, these meetings are held at 1:00 pm on the last Friday of the month (except December, July and August) in the lounge of the Routhier Community Centre, 172 Guigues Street at Cumberland.

Abstract: Long before the term “Hollywood North” came to reflect the growing importance of an emerging film industry in Canada, Ottawa was home to a movie institution of great importance. Often overlooked, first by the National Film Board of Canada then later by the bright lights of the
Toronto International Film Festival (T.I.F.F) and large scale television series production of Vancouver, this organization claimed many firsts in the motion picture industry. Crawley Films of Ottawa and its colourful and often controversial owner, producer, director, writer and camera aficionado Frank Redford Crawley blazed a trail for Canadian cinema unlike any other in their time. This is their story.

Actor, teacher, writer and stage director, George Shirreff brings a variety of perspectives to the H.S.O. While working as an actor which included roles at the G.C.T.C., N.A.C., C.H.R.O., and Eddie May Murder Mysteries, George started Lakeside Theatre School in Ottawa's west end in the early eighties. From there he moved on to Algonquin College where he was cofounder of the Theatre Arts Program in the Media and Design Dept. Later in the General Arts and Science Program, George was an academic advisor while teaching Film Studies, History, Media Communications and Political Science. His love of local history comes naturally as he is the direct descendent of Charles Shirreff of Scotland who founded Fitzroy Harbour in 1820. Now retired, George looks forward to his involvement at the H.S.O., volunteering in various political activities and furthering his hobby in miniature historical war gaming. George is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and lives in Nepean with his wife Hélène.

Abstract: Thomas Ahearn, born in Lebreton Flats to Irish immigrant parents, was an early adapter of new technology. He brought innovation to Ottawa by introducing electricity to the city. He provided lighting, powered his streetcars, and developed a number of electrical devices such as irons, stoves and heaters. He was the first person to prepare a meal on an electric stove, among other things. Hear about his technological and political achievements that helped shape the city of Ottawa and see documents and artifacts from this Canadian inventor and businessman.

Profile: Kelly Ray works in public affairs for the Canada Science and Technology Museum. Holding degrees in anthropology and public relations, it is quite fitting that as a great, great grand niece of Thomas Ahearn, she makes a career of sharing stories of innovation and Canadian technology. She has worked for over a decade in the cultural and tourism sectors at the Calgary Zoo as well as multiple museums here in Ottawa.

In addition to our Annual General Meeting, Stuart Clarkson will speak about the HSO's contribution of historical books, documents and artefacts to the City of Ottawa Archives.

For over a century, through its mandate to promote the archival preservation of Ottawa's historical material, the HSO collected and catalogued a large number of books, documents, and artefacts. These materials help us today to describe and contextualize the people and places of Ottawa's past. They also help trace the development of this area's archival initiatives -- the very work to preserve that history -- as HSO has gradually given over this work to other heritage and archival institutions. Fortunate to have received a substantial portion of HSO's collections, the City of Ottawa Archives has made great strides in continuing HSO's work to collect local historical materials and to present Ottawa's past to its citizens. The Archives will gratefully commemorate its legacy with a talk by Stuart Clarkson, spotlighting a few transferred items of interest.

Stuart Clarkson is the Community Archivist at the City of Ottawa Archives, helping Ottawa's citizens connect with private historical documents. Stuart took a Masters of Arts in Scottish history in his hometown of Guelph before proceeding to Halifax to obtain a Masters of Library and Information Science at Dalhousie and can draw upon a heterogeneous background of work in libraries, archives and museums. With his wife, great-great-granddaughter of an asthmatic keeper of the Stewarton tollgate on Bank Street, Stuart has raised three children in Ottawa since arriving in 2009.

Join us to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday with A Day In the Bunker, Diefenbaker Museum: A full day event including: transportation, a full tour of the facility, luncheon and guest speaker on the Cold War, Price $65.