Info for our Tuesday teacher session

Teachers — if you’re planning to attend our info session tomorrow, here’s all the info you need:

Where: Algonquin College, Ottawa campus, 1385 Woodroffe Ave.

When: 8:30 to 11 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016

Where: Room A-128 (located in the A Building, Museum Studies labs)

Map: You can download a PDF of the campus here.

Parking: For complimentary parking, please park in Lot #7 (the Visitors’ Parking Lot). Take a ticket — when you get to the workshop we will exchange your ticket for another ticket, which will cover your parking fees. (You can park elsewhere with pay and display, but your fees will only be covered if you park in Lot #7)

When you park, look for the Student Commons Building (which is the large building very close to Lot #8). There will be signs outside to point you in the right direction. When you get to Building E (Student Commons) head inside and then follow the signs to the NCHD workhop. It is about a five-minute walk from student commons to the Museum Studies labs (you will go past Booster Juice, Starbucks, Connections (the campus store on your way). The Museum Studies labs are quite close to the Tim Hortons on campus, so if you get lost, you can always ask for directions to that location and that will put you on the right general path.

Breakfast: A light breakfast (bagels, coffee/tea, fruit) will be served at 8:30 a.m. Workshop will start at 9 a.m.

Questions? Lost? Call 613-406-0970 for assistance.

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Recap: Watch CBC’s Nahlah Ayed give a video greeting at NCHD16

One of the great things about National Capital History Day is that there are always chances to hear from others about the value of history. We’ve had some incredible keynotes and video greetings — everyone from the Tragically Hip’s Rob Baker to historian Arthur Milnes to comedian Rick Mercer to astronaut Chris Hadfield.

Last year’s keynote was given by Ry Moran, the first director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. And we also had a special video greeting from London, England — delivered by CBC foreign correspondent Nahlah Ayed. Last year’s theme was Exploration, Encounter and Exchange in History, and Nahlah was the perfect person to talk about all three aspects given her incredible work abroad, witnessing history as it unfolds.

If you missed last year’s event, we have posted Nahlah’s greeting here. And keep watching this site for the announcement of the people who will be delivering our keynote address and video greeting for NCHD17 — you never know who you’ll bump into at National Capital History Day …

And teachers, don’t forget that our info session is coming up on Oct. 25 at Algonquin College. Find out more here.

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NCHD17 Teacher info session

We have some exciting news to announce about this year’s teacher info session for National Capital History Day 2017.

If you’re a teacher in the Ottawa area, you’re invited. And this year we will be holding the session at Algonquin College — in the College’s Applied Museum Studies labs!


Learn about the tools of the trade at Algonquin’s Applied Museum Studies program.

When: Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016

Where: Algonquin College

Time: Arrive between 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. (session will start at 8:30 a.m. sharp!)

Parking etc: For details about room number and free parking, please email ottawahistoryday [at]

This is a great chance to see how students who love history can use their skills at the post-secondary level. In addition to finding out about this year’s contest, rule changes, the annual theme and picking up a copy of the NCHD17 rulebook, you’ll also have a chance to:

• Tour the Museum Studies labs

• Hear from a Museum Studies professor about how he teaches skills that can be used in museums, archives, public history displays and more

• Get tips on great resources that will help you make your history class come alive

• Pick up a tip sheet on some dos and don’ts for building museum-quality exhibits for National Capital History Day


Get tips on how your students can build professional-quality models and exhibits.

You’ll also be able to hear from a former NCHD judge (find out what they’re looking for when they evaluate your students’ projects!), participate in a draw for fabulous history prizes and meet the people behind the scenes of National Capital History Day.


Tour Algonquin College’s Applied Museum Studies labs and find out how students who love history can put their skills to work in the postsecondary world.

Interested in attending? Please RSVP by email to ottawahistoryday [at] and let us know you’re planning to attend. We have an exciting year planned and we hope you’ll be able to take part.


Join us for the NCHD17 teacher info session on Oct. 25, 2016!

For more info about our teacher info sessions, see a previous post (with lots of photos) from one of our past events.

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NCHD16 Exhibits

We had more Exhibit entries this year than ever before. Take a look at the incredible work our NCHD16 students did with their projects!

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NCHD16 photo album

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We had an incredible National Capital History Day on April 27, 2016. Photographer Jana Chytilova was there to capture the day.

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And the NCHD16 winners are…

Congratulations to everyone who participated in National Capital History Day today. It was our biggest (and we think, best) event to date.

Judges had some very difficult decisions to make (some even asked if they could put more than one project through to the semi-finals — they just couldn’t decide which one was best!) in all categories. But they did finally manage to choose their favourites. Here is a list of the students who went home with shiny medals today — and the school that went home with the National Capital History Day Cup.

National Capital History Day 2016April 27, 2016

(PHOTO: Jana Chytilova.)

For the third year, a new school has claimed the National Capital History Day Cup. Photo by Jana Chytilova, National Capital History Day.

Junior English Website: Kisannet Drar (St. Paul)
Senior English Website: Nicholas Adema, Ryo Kinjo (Nepean)
Junior French Website: no entry
Senior French Website: Stephan Dalton (Cairine Wilson)
Junior English Performance: Lily-Anne Villemaire, Maya Kors, Jagnoor Saran, Grace McNally, Isabelle Collum (Elmwood)
Senior English Performance: Gillian Hollebone (Glebe)
Junior French Performance: no entry
Senior French Performance: Charlotte Scott-Frater (Canterbury)
Junior English Documentary: Wei Du (St Paul)
Senior English Documentary: Drew Eisenberg-Holmes, Mackenzie Danner (Nepean)
Junior French Documentary: Ella Fossum (Canterbury)
Senior French Documentary: Abbey Flockton, Sarah Cantin (Canterbury)
Junior English Exhibit: Ben Mask (St. Paul)
Senior English Exhibit: Peter Berghuis, Celeste Griffin, Thomas Gay, Jonathan Laliberte (Redeemer Christian)
Junior French Exhibit: Hannah Berghuis (Redeemer Christian)
Senior French Exhibit: Sophie Sobol, Olivia Melville (Canterbury)
Junior English Essay: Fiona Schute (Nepean)
Senior English Essay: Cat Carkner (Nepean)
Junior French Essay: Lucy Boyd (Canterbury)
Senior French Essay: Talia Vogt (Canterbury)
Overall school winner (as determined by a combination of participation and winning projects): Canterbury.
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NCHD16 Recap

About 300 high-school students and their teachers — along with a small army of judges — debated, discussed and dissected history for the third annual National Capital History Day today. They truly brought history alive.

National Capital History Day 2016April 27, 2016 (PHOTO: Jana Chytilova.)

National Capital History Day 2016 is now a thing of the past. Photo by Jana Chytilova, National Capital History Day.

Using digital tools, dramatic presentations, documentary film, photographs and the power of the written word, students in Grades 9-12 showcased original projects that tackled diverse topics focusing on everything from Vikings to suffragettes to indigenous history.

Students also heard a moving keynote address from Ry Moran, the first Director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, and received a special greeting from abroad from CBC foreign correspondent Nahlah Ayed.
National Capital History Day also featured interactive history workshops for students on everything from Tudor table manners and swordfighting to the historians who work on history-based video games such as Assassin’s Creed. A “Hall of History” featured museums, archives and other businesses that included The Vimy Foundation, Ottawa Museum Network, Upper Canada Village, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa Walking Tours, Carleton University, the University of Ottawa, Algonquin College and Fulbright Canada/EducationUSA.
Sixteen schools from across the Ottawa region took part in this year’s contest at Carleton University. And there was a special guest to wrap up the awards ceremony at the end of the day — Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson presented the National Capital History Day Trophy to the winning school, Canterbury High School.
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