National Capital History Day schedule

The big day is fast approaching — only two weeks left until National Capital History Day! All events take place at Carleton University’s River Building (there will be lots of signs posted to direct you once you’re inside the River Building) on May 1. If you’re not familiar with the campus, there’s a great online map here.

This year we'll be welcoming students and teachers to the River Building. Credit: Carleton University

This year we’ll be welcoming students and teachers to the River Building. Credit: Carleton University

Here’s an outline of the day (this may be adjusted slightly before May 1, but only slightly):

7:45 a.m.-8:25 a.m.: Student arrivals. All students should proceed to the student check-in area when they arrive to pick up the materials they’ll need for the day. This is very important because your check-in package contains your interview time and a voucher for lunch (more on that in a moment). Each student will also receive a special Certificate of Achievement.

8:30 a.m.: Opening ceremonies. Listen for the skirl of the bagpipe that tells you we’re about to get started!

8:50 a.m.: Opening ceremonies end and then there will be a 10-minute break to allow students and judges enough time to get to their interview locations.

9 a.m.: Workshops begin. Students, you’ll be contacted by NCHD’s Erin Gurski very soon so that you can sign up for these in advance. We have a great lineup, which we’ll post here very soon.

11 a.m.: Most workshops end right at 11 a.m., and a few end just a few minutes later. At this time, students have a free hour to go for lunch in the Unicentre — each student will receive a voucher to cover a lunch and drink (up to $6) at either Subway or Pizza Pizza (with many thanks to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences for sponsoring our student lunch). Students can then return to the River Building to meet exhibitors in the Hall of History — we’ll be joined by reps from Canada’s History, Legion Magazine, Carleton’s Department of History and School of Journalism and Communication, Ottawa Walking Tours, Salon Theatre Productions, the Vimy Foundation, the Workers’ History Museum and many more!

At 12 p.m.: All judging ends and it’s time to give out some great prizes from our sponsors and supporters — but you have to be present in the auditorium to win.

12:15 p.m. Keynote.

12:40: There will be a 20-minute break. You may then browse our student Exhibit Hall.

1 p.m.: Awards ceremony.

Winners will receive shiny medals like these ones.

Winners will receive shiny medals like these ones.

2 p.m.: Awards ceremony concludes.

2:15 p.m.: Students board buses for departure.

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