Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Tunney's Shantytown Presentation at the Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society

Good morning!
I am pleased to announce that this coming Saturday December 15th, I will be presenting at the December meeting of the Ontario Genealogical Society Ottawa Branch (http://ogsottawa.on.ca/). My presentation will be on the subject of the Tunney's Pasture shantytown which I wrote about this past summer for the Kitchissippi Times. It will include a lot more detail and photos than I was able to squeeze into the newspaper article. I'll also speak a little to the research and genealogical challenges encountered while writing about a topic like this. My presentation is at 1:30 p.m. at the new City of Ottawa Archives building on Tallwood. It is free to attend, and open to the public. Please come out if you'd like to hear more!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Kitchissippi and the first "Christmas Cheer" fund!

I missed adding this to the blog earlier, but my December 2018 article in the Kitchissippi Times was focused on the important turning point in Ottawa's history when an organized relief effort was first implemented to make Christmas a happier time for those less fortunate. Though there had always been those in need and destitute in Ottawa, the Great Fire of 1900 led to incredible numbers of people who fell into that category. Though churches and some private organizations had made small efforts to a handful of people over time, it was in 1902 that a widespread project was kicked off by the Ottawa Journal newspaper, to maximize contributions and donations, personalize gift and food packages, coordinate volunteers and delivery mechanisms, and ensure timely delivery on Christmas Eve. It was an incredible effort, and such an important cause, which forever changed the way Ottawans cared for one another, particularly at Christmastime.

You can read the article at the link below: