On Saturday September 17th, I'm happy to announce that the Kitchissippi Museum will be LIVE! I will be set up for the Tastes of Wellington West event from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. with a huge amount of different things to share. As always, I'll have hundreds of old photos to look through, copies of old maps, documents, other neat things. On display will be a few 36x24 framed aerial photos of the neighbourhood (including one recent acquisition that is an incredible shot of Wellington Village from 1974, an oblique 'bird's-eye-view' at a low elevation. It's a clear and detailed, colour view down Wellington Street and the streets running off of it).
One of the main highlight's for September 17th is that I'll have on display an original fire alarm box! For anyone born after about 1960, this is likely something you've never seen before, and probably never heard of! Until the late 1960s, every neighbourhood had these large boxes installed on pedestals or poles which were connected with the local fire stations. When a fire or emergency was discovered, someone would open the little door and pull a lever which rang the alarm and sent a signal to the station, bringing the fire department to the neighbourhood. The box I have was located at the corner of Woodroffe and Carling Avenue, potentially from about the mid-1920s until they were all removed in the late 60s. It is a complete box with all original parts. This is a very cool piece of vintage Ottawa history, and I'm happy to have it have it to share on the 17th!
This year I'm happy to announce that the Ottawa Bagelshop and Deli (1321 Wellington Street West) has invited me to set up on their patio, at the corner of Wellington and Grange. So you can come by there on Saturday the 17th, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. (weather permitting) and come say hi, and view some of the photos and artifacts that I'll have set up. (You can also bring your Ouija board or EMF Reader to try to connect with the past: http://kitchissippimuseum.blogspot.ca/2015/01/the-secret-past-life-of-bagelshop.html)
For more information on Tastes of Wellington West, please check out: http://wellingtonwest.ca/tastes-wellington-west-2016/ and the map showing all participating businesses (including the Kitchissippi Museum) at: http://ed7211.wixsite.com/tww16/map