We partner with a diverse group of local researchers, volunteers, artists, and organizations

Project 1 – Bank Street (2016-2017) was the original capitalhistory.ca a joint initiative of the Centre, Chapter One, and the Workers’ History Museum that was made possible by the generosity of Ryan Shackleton and Know History. Research for eight stories was carried out by Emily Keyes and its website was developed by Rob Blades.


Project 2 – OTTAWA 2017 Capital History Kiosks (2017) was a Workers’ History Museum project funded by the Ottawa 2017’s Arts, Culture and Heritage Program (stewarded by AOE Arts Council, Ottawa Arts Council and Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa) in partnership with the Centre, Chapter One, the City of Ottawa, and the Bank Street, Barrhaven, Glebe, Preston Street, Vanier, and Wellington Village Business Improvement Associations. 17 stories were developed by MA students in Professor Dean’s graduate seminar on museums, public memory, and national identity. Some installations featured original paintings by well-known artist Ross Rheaume. Our translator was Valérie Lalonde.


Project 3 – National Capital Commission Kiosks (2019) featured twelve stories celebrating the NCC’s 120th anniversary. Funded by the NCC and the Centre in partnership with the City of Ottawa. Research was done by eleven teams of over fifty undergraduate students in Professor Dean’s 2nd year Introduction to Public History class. Project manager was Carleton History PhD student Breanna Lester Project. Project lead for the NCC was Jennifer Halsall.  Our translator was Valérie Lalonde.


Project 4 – Byward Market Kiosks (2020) was commissioned by the Byward Market BIA with executive director Jasna Jennings. Student intern Maggie Sherwin and other Centre volunteers developed ten stories about life and work in the Byward Market including many notable Jewish owned businesses. Funding was provided by the Byward Market BIA through a grant from the City of Ottawa. Our translator was Nicole Gagnon thanks to the support of the Workers’ History Museum.


Project 5 – Elgin Street Kiosks (2021) was commissioned by Hala Boushey of the Elgin Area Business Association (EABA) with funding from a grant from the City of Ottawa, the EABA, and the Centre for Public History, Carleton University. Ten kiosks tell a variety of exciting stories about living and working along Elgin Street past and present. Our translator was Nicole Gagnon thanks to the support of the Workers’ History Museum.

Media sources

Ottawa 2017 Project

Photo of the project group, including Carleton graduate students, standing together and posing.

Project Research Team

Photo : Paul Harrison, Workers’ History Museum (5 avril 2017). From left to right : Samantha Osborn*, Ross Rheaume*, Chelsea Fahey*, Barb Stewart*, Sara Hollett, Stephanie Lett, Sarah Chelchowski, Kelsea McKenna, Lisa Bullock, David Dean*, Francesca Brzezicki, Meredith Comba, Rebecca Sykes, William Teal, Jen Halsall, Adam Mahoney, Denise Steeves, Andre Mersereau* Seated : Emily Barsanti-Innes, Kelsey Bodechon, Phoebe Mannell, Pascale Couturier Absents : Kelly Ferguson, Chris Goneau*, Dany Guay-Belanger, Kira Smith * indicates project team management members

Ottawa 2017: Media coverage

National Capital Commission Project (2019)

Photo of Carleton graduate students sitting at a table, reading documents and looking at archival photos to use in the NCC project

Project Research Team

Students researching topics at the NCC Planning Laboratory, February 21, 2019. Courtesy of the NCC.

NCC 2019 : Media coverage

Heather Thompson, NCC Heritage Project Manager, blogged about the project’s launch here: https://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/blog/the-stories-of-confederation-boulevards-past

Chapter One Studio, a short documentary: https://youtu.be/k3UkVeLWYls