One for the history books!

Congratulations to all the students and teachers who took part in National Capital History Day 2015 — it was a fantastic day of learning, discussion and all kinds of history.

The River Building at Carleton University was humming all day with student presentations as judges interviewed the student historians about their projects in Essay, Exhibit, Drama, Documentary and Website.

The Drama projects brought stories of the past to life. Photo by Jana Chytilova, National Capital History Day.

The Drama projects brought stories of the past to life. Photo by Jana Chytilova, National Capital History Day.

And of course, one of the highlights of the day was the afternoon's award ceremony. Photo by Jana Chytilova, National Capital History Day.

One of the highlights of the day was the opening ceremony. Photo by Jana Chytilova, National Capital History Day.

There were also 12 workshops and tours for students and teachers on topics as diverse as as music history, journalism, art history and what it’s like to study history at university.

Arthur McGregor took students on a tour of the past via musical instruments in the popular workshop he hosted. Photo by Jana Chytilova, National Capital History Day.

Arthur McGregor took students on a tour of the past via musical instruments in the popular workshop he hosted. Photo by Jana Chytilova, National Capital History Day.

And when students weren’t in interviews or taking in workshops, they were browsing our Hall of History, which featured more than 20 exhibitors representing museums, reenacting groups, history publications, historical societies, libraries, historic sites and many departments at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa.

The Salon Theatre Group's

The Salon Theatre Group’s “puppets” were a huge hit — as was their booth in our Hall of History. Photo by Jana Chytilova, National Capital History Day.

And everyone enjoyed our keynote address by author, journalist and speechwriter Arthur Milnes, who offered some interesting thoughts about leadership and legacy in history — along with a dose of good humour!

Author and historian Arthur Milnes gave a fascinating keynote address about Leaders and Leadership in History, the theme of this year's contest. Photo by Jana Chytilova, National Capital History Day.

Author and historian Arthur Milnes gave a fascinating keynote address about Leaders and Leadership in History, the theme of this year’s contest. Photo by Jana Chytilova, National Capital History Day.

All in all, it was — as our Master of Ceremonies, Greg Wysysnki, said — a great day of learning in a great place of learning. NCHD organizers would like to thank Carleton University for helping us make the day run as smoothly as possible and all the students, teachers, workshop leaders, Hall of History exhibitors and judges for making the day such a memorable success.

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