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.
Kevin Dooley, novelist, musician and heritage activist, will be the speaker at our Annual General Meeting. His topic will be "Human and Inhuman Aspects of Building the Rideau Canal".
Abstract: to come
Bio: Janet Young specializes in the study of human skeletal remains and has been working at the Canadian Museum of History since 1994.
Dr. Young’s research interests include biomechanical and pathological changes in the human skeleton as they relate to activity patterns and general health outcomes of past and present populations. Her publications and presentations have covered a range of topics, including repatriation, forensics, historical bioarchaeology, Aboriginal bioarchaeology, burial practices and disability. Reflecting the Museum’s research focus on population movements and settlements, some of her current work deals with a historical cemetery population from the Ottawa area.
Dr. Young holds an Honours BA in Archaeology and Ancient History from the University of Ottawa, an MSc in Human Osteology, Palaeopathology and Funerary Archaeology from the University of Bradford, England, and a PhD in Population Health from the University of Ottawa
Abstract: Ms. Wren-Gunn's lecture will examine the membership and work of the Women’s Canadian Historical Society of Ottawa from 1898 to 1932. Through commemorations, historical tableaux, exhibitions of artifacts, and the publication “Transactions”, they participated in the construction of a nationalist and imperialist collective memory which celebrated connections to the British Empire, a mythologized settler past, and Ottawa’s evolution from lumber town to national capital. Ms. Wren-Gunn’s description of the origins, class and ethnicity of the Society shows that French-Canadian participation fell and membership broadened as Ottawa became a government town. She will also discuss the competition from the male-dominated Bytown Pioneer Association in 1923 over the commemoration of Colonel By, and how the masculinization of the historical profession may have led the Society to abandon written accounts in “Transactions”, and focus instead upon the collection and display of artifacts in the Bytown Museum.
Bio: Connie Wren-Gunn began her master’s program in History at Carleton University in 2013. She wrote her thesis on the Women’s Canadian Historical Society of Ottawa, examining the role of women in shaping Canadian history in the early 20th century, a period in which women were largely denied entry into the emerging profession of academic history. Connie is currently the Associate Director of Know History Inc., an Ottawa-based firm that specializes in Canadian historical and genealogical research, Oral History interviewing, and Traditional Knowledge and Land Use Studies for Indigenous groups, government, and museums.
Abstract: In observance of Remembrance Day, Dr. Mélanie Morin-Pelletier will share with us the experience of Canadian women on the home front such as war workers and the impact of the war on families, as well as that of the First World War nursing sisters.
Bio: Dr. Mélanie Morin-Pelletier is the First World War Historian at the Canadian War Museum. She is the author of Briser les ailes de l'ange: Les infirmières militaires canadiennes (1914-1918). Her current research interests focus on human experiences of the war, whether on the battlefield, in military hospitals or on the homefront.