National Capital History Day on CBC Radio!

It may be the March Break, but you’ll want to get up early to hear all about National Capital History Day on CBC Radio on Monday morning.


Listen up! National Capital History Day will be featured on CBC Radio’s Ottawa Morning show on Monday! 

Ottawa Morning will feature a segment all about the big day — how it works, how it got started and how it makes history so much fun.

And it will feature two fans of National Capital History Day: Greg Wysynski helped us get NCHD off the ground in our first year and was our Master of Ceremonies for our first two years, and Esther Vininsky-Oakes was a two-time winner in our Essay category before going on to study history at Carleton University. (You can read an interview with Esther in the Ottawa Citizen here.)

Set your alarm clock, get your coffee and listen in between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. for the full story on CBC Radio, 91.5 FM (or you can hear it online here, just click “listen live”).



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Registration deadline is just around the corner

There are just a few more weeks to register for National Capital History Day — the deadline is Friday, March 24.


Until then, there is a lot going on behind the scenes. Our steering committee is busy recruiting judges, organizing our space at Carleton University and preparing the program for the day.

Committee members Erin Gurski and Shawn Ruest are also hard at work organizing some incredible workshops — we’ll be giving you a preview of what they have in store very soon.

And Ruth Bouttell and our newest committee member, Mario Polisena, are also busy preparing all the details for our Hall of History. This year’s Hall promises to be bigger and better than ever before!

We’ll be ready to announce our keynote speaker soon, show you the cover of this year’s program, reveal all the exciting workshops and more, so stay tuned …

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Meet our newest Research Mentor

This year, National Capital History Day is welcoming a new Research Mentor — James Hare is an instructor in Algonquin College’s Applied Museum Studies program.


James Hare is our newest NCHD mentor.

James has expertise in visual images, framing, and exhibit work and will be of great assistance to anyone working on a project for NCHD’s Exhibit category.

Whether you’re not sure which image to use or the best kind of glue to create a model of a catapult, James can point you in the right direction.

You can reach James by email at harej [at]

Welcome, James — and thank you for helping our students and teachers! (And you can meet all our research mentors here.)


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Project registrations are rolling in!

Thanks to all the students and teachers who are getting their registrations in early … so far we’ve seen registrations in both divisions (Junior, Grades 9-10 and Senior, Grades 11-12) and in most categories.

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(PHOTO: Jana Chytilova)

Judges at NCHD16 work on their evaluation forms. All students receive written feedback about their projects. Photo by Jana Chytilova, National Capital History Day.

And there’s a wide range of topics, too. This year’s NCHD projects will be tackling subjects as varied as the Oka crisis of 1990 and Winston Churchill during the Second World War to examinations of fascinating individuals such as Galileo, Boudica and Viola Desmond.

If you’re still pondering a topic, you can get some ideas on our page of sample topics.

And if you’re already started your project, but feel you could use a little help finding sources, be sure to get in touch with one of our research mentors — they are here to help.

Want to register our project? Just click here to get started.

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Registration is now open!

Attention, students — registration for National Capital History Day is now open!

You can register for your project here.

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April 27, 2016

(PHOTO: Jana Chytilova.)

Don’t forget that the deadline to register is March 24, 2017. (And if you’re submitting an Essay, it’s due that day … if you’re submitting a website, your URL is due that day).

A few more reminders:

  • Be sure that your project refers to this year’s theme
  • If you are registering as a group, only your team captain (please designate someone to take on that role) needs to register. He or she will need team members’ names and contact info (phone numbers and email addresses) in order to register.
  • If you register a group, remember that you can include up to five people (but no more!).
  • Group entries are not permitted for the Essay category.

Not sure which category to enter? Find out more about your choices here.


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Happy New Year from NCHD!

It’s a new year and a new season for National Capital History Day — and we’re getting ready.

Many workshops are already booked, we will be putting out a call for judges early in the new year and student registration will open at the end of January.

What can you do to get ready?

Get started on your project — it’s definitely not too early to get things rolling.

Choose a category that suits your personality (Essay, Exhibit, Documentary, Website or Performance) and determine if you want work with a group of people or whether you’d prefer to enter as an individual. If you’re not sure which category is best for you, you can get some tips here.

And don’t forget to download a copy of this year’s rulebook here.

Make sure that your project is centred on this year’s theme, which you can learn about here. And once you’ve decided on an area of interest, click here to get some sample topics and how you could frame them for the contest.

Finally, make sure you’re ready for all the deadlines. You can double check all the important dates here.

And remember that if you have any questions, you can submit them via this website or send them to ottawahistoryday [at}

Best of luck with all your project preparation and happy new year from all of us at National Capital History Day!




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Teachers are getting ready for #NCHD17

Thanks to everyone who attended our teacher info session at Algonquin College on Oct. 25, 2016. It was a full morning (and our stomachs were also full, thanks to the lovely breakfast and coffee provided by Algonquin!).


This year’s session took place in Algonquin’s Applied Museum Studies labs, where teachers were able to see some of the tools of the trade up close, and hear about how Algonquin’s profs tackle a hands-on approach to the teaching of history. Thanks to Prof. Mike Wheatley for sharing his thoughts and expertise with our group!



Algonquin Professor Mike Wheatley explained how the Applied Museum Studies program works and offered tips to our history teachers about preparing students to make their own Exhibits for National Capital History Day.

It was a jam-packed two-hour workshop that also included an overview of the program as well as introductions to all of this year’s research mentors. On  hand to talk about their roles as mentors were Dominique Marshall of Carleton, Romaine Honey of the Ottawa Public Library, Catherine Butler of Library and Archives Canada and James Hare of Algonquin College.


Dr. Dominique Marshall, left, from Carleton was on hand to meet with teachers and discuss how Carleton’s history department can help them and their students prepare for National Capital History Day.

James also gave our teachers a tour of the College’s conservation labs so that they could see some student projects already in the works.


NCHD mentor James Hare took teachers on a tour of Algonquin’s Conservation labs.

Finally, we also covered an overview of the program. Steering committee members Kristin Riddell and Ruth Bouttell discussed all of the NCHD categories, Alison Peters walked everyone through the registration process, Erin Gurski and Shawn Ruest filled everyone in on the great workshops we have planned for this year’s event and we also reviewed this year’s theme (Taking a Stand in History).


Kristin Riddell reviews the Essay category requirements an offers some tips for National Capital History Day.

At the end of the session we had time for some Q&A — and also some prizes for those who attended (including a certificate for Algonquin’s Restaurant International, plenty of history books and a portfolio case courtesy of Algonquin College) as well as some flashy National Capital History Day mugs courtesy of Registrar Alison Peters.


Teacher Mary Enns of Hillcrest High School shows off her new National Capital History Day mug!

Thanks to all who attended the session, and special thanks to our research mentors for being with us and sharing their expertise. Finally, thank you also to all those at Algonquin College who made our session possible: Jennifer Kennedy, Mike Wheatley, James Hare and Jeremy McQuigge.



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