On the chilly morning of Monday November 27th, the grand unveiling was held on Wellington Street, to launch the new gallery. Mayor Jim Watson, MP Catherine McKenna, Councillor Jeff Leiper, and members of the BIA and Hintonburg Community Association were present for the unveiling, along with myself (and my son Emmett!).
The story was covered in several media locations, the Metro Ottawa West News did a great story in particular: https://www.ottawacommunitynews.com/news-story/7966635-outdoor-gallery-shows-off-hintonburg-s-history/
Here is a photo of Emmett helping Mayor Watson pull the ceremonial cord to unveil the Gallery:
The gallery included three huge photos and detailed captions showing a fire insurance plan from 1898 detailing all of the houses in Hintonburg; a photo of the village council from 1897 (from when Hintonburg was independent from Nepean, prior to joining the City of Ottawa); and a photo of the Great Hull-Ottawa Fire of 1900, which was instrumental in the boom of Hintonburg and Mechanicsville soon after, particularly with displaced francophones from Hull and Lebreton Flats.
The gallery will continue to display these photos for the next 6 months or so, at which time the BIA has expressed interest in potentially doing another history display, brought up to the 1920s-1930s. The BIA has also mentioned the idea of doing another gallery at the western end of Wellington West, nearer to Island Park Drive, which would be great!
Here are three photos of the gallery (but obviously, it is much more impressive to see in person!). My thanks to Paul Richer for all of these photos in this post!