Everyone is invited to the opening of the City of Ottawa Archives’ exhibit, Postcards from Ottawa: Traveller Tales, on August 22 at 11 am at the Barbara Ann Scott Gallery.
The new exhibit will focus on visitors and travellers to Ottawa and their impact to the physical, cultural, historical and intellectual landscapes of the City.
The exhibit will showcase artifacts and videos, text and graphic panels and pictures. The larger stories highlighted in exhibition cases are:
- First Peoples in the Ottawa Region
- European Exploration: Samuel de Champlain
- Lumber Industry: Big Joe Mufferaw
- Settlement: Lamira (née Dow) Billings
- Captain John Franklin and the Rideau Canal
- The Dawson City Nuggets and the quest for the Stanley Cup
- Canada’s Diamond Jubilee and First Lieutenant. John “Thad” Johnson
- Ottawa as a haven: Dutch Royal Family
- Ottawa “All Shook Up”: Elvis Presley
- Royal Tour of 1967: Ottawa’s swans
- Marathon of Hope: Terry Fox
- The Journey of Nishiyuu: A Quest for Unity
- Ottawa and the age of myth: Long-Ma and Kumo
- Souvenirs of Friendship: Mayor’s gifts
Following the formal opening, there will be crafts and activities for children until 2 pm including a photo booth,
Origami sailboats and airplanes, postcard making, puzzles and an old-fashioned popcorn machine.
The gallery is located at 110 Laurier Avenue West and is open daily from 9 am to 6 pm. The exhibit is free and is wheelchair accessible.