Ottawa The Great: Unveiling the heart and history of Canada’s capital

A night at Beechwood National Memorial Centre to explore Ottawa’s past through stories, music, and community engagement.

On Feb. 22, 2024, the Beechwood National Memorial Centre will host “Ottawa The Great – A Historical Love Letter to Our City,” an evening dedicated to celebrating Ottawa’s vibrant history and heritage. This special event, starting at 7:00 p.m., promises to be a night filled with captivating historical tales, musical performances, and a communal appreciation for the city’s past.

The event will feature presentations by two esteemed historians, Christine Landry Matamoros and David C. Martin, who will delve into significant moments and figures in Ottawa’s history. Accompanying the historical narratives, musician and local historian Paul Weber will enhance the evening with music that reflects the city’s cultural legacy.

Held at the Beechwood National Memorial Centre, located at 280 Beechwood Avenue in Ottawa, Ontario, attendees will also enjoy light refreshments and desserts following the insightful presentations. This gathering is not only an opportunity to learn about Ottawa’s historical journey but also to connect with others who share a passion for the city’s heritage.

This event is organized in partnership with the Capital Heritage Connexion, showcasing the collaborative effort to bring Ottawa’s history to the forefront.

The featured speakers bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise: David C. Martin, a researcher with extensive academic and publication credentials, and Christine Landry Matamoros, a certified genealogist with a focus on historical interpretation. Paul Weber, known for his storytelling and musical talents, will provide a unique auditory backdrop to the evening.