Category: Calendar of Events

Mark Your Calendars: Family Leave & Multiple Birth Parents Event, November 7th

4.1981 Red Rose Review demo, Ottawa supporting CUPW maternit

The Workers’ History Museum invites you to a screening of our video A Struggle to Remember: Fighting for Our Families, followed by a panel discussion with MP Sana Hassainia, Christian Martin (parent of twins), representing Multiple Births Canada, and filmmakers from the Workers’ History Museum. Kimberley Weatherall, Executive Director of Multiple Births Canada, will also be presenting an award to Ms. Hassainia this evening.

This bilingual event will be held in the auditorium of the Ottawa Public Library (Main Branch, 120 Metcalfe Street, Ottawa) on Thursday, November 7th at 7pm. It is a free event.

For more information, please contact

Wednesday is Ask A Curator Day

Curious what it takes to create a working-class history museum in Ottawa? This is your opportunity to find out. On Wednesday, September 18, the Workers’ History Museum joins hundreds of museums around the world for “Ask a Curator Day” on Twitter.

To participate, just tweet your question with the #AskaCurator hashtag – and if you want to address your question directly to us, make sure you include @workershistory in the tweet. The chair of our Exhibitions and Education Committee, Sanna Guérin, will take over the WHM’s Twitter account for the day to answer your questions.

We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Celebrate Colonel By Day with the Workers’ History Museum

The Workers’ History Museum will be at the Rideau Canal Locks for Colonel By Day (Monday, August 5th). Join us for a day of fun-filled family activities as we celebrate Ottawa’s past.

• See our brand new exhibit about Britannia-on-the-Bay.
• Try out a 1960s-style typewriter from the now-demolished Percy Street Public School.
• Share your impressions of workers past and present by adding a drawing to our collage.

We’ll be on the grounds of the Bytown Museum from 11am to 4pm. Hope to see you there!

May 8th: History of the lumber and forestry industry in the Ottawa Valley

We have a new office and to celebrate, the Workers” History Museum along with guest speaker Michel Martin will be holding a free reception followed by a lecture on the Ottawa Valley Forestry Industry Workers in the 19th and Early 20th Century.

Join Us.
Date: May 8th 2013
Time: 6pm reception / 7 pm talk.
Admission: This is a free event open to the general public.
Location: Workers’ History Museum office. 251 Bank Street, 2nd Floor (corner of Bank St. and Cooper St.), Ottawa

About Michel Martin

Educated at Laurentian and Queen”s universities, Michel Martin is a retired freelance journalist and writer and a former federal public servant. He is the author of two books of local working class history, available free of charge at his website . He is currently working on a third book tentatively titled Resisting Domination:Popular Classes in the West Before 1492. Michel Martin has been active for years in union, community and party politics in the Ottawa-Gatineau region.