Online Lecture Series

our lecture series has moved online!

Heritage Ottawa's 2021 winter-spring Free Online Lecture Series launches in January. Plan on cozying up with your favourite refreshment and joining us for our always engaging monthly evening lectures.

The full schedule will be announced soon! Check back here for details and information on how you can register for these free evening presentations, including our Phillips Memorial Lecture in February in honour of Heritage Ottawa’s co-founders, Bob and Mary Anne Phillips, two pioneers of heritage conservation in Ottawa.

Lectures will begin at 7 pm, will last one hour, and be followed by a brief question period.

Check back soon for more information!

Thank you to our Lecture Series sponsor:

ANDREX HOLDINGS 

Past Lectures

  • Gold, Snakes, and Mother Insurance : The Preservation of the 180 Wellington Building Mosaic
    Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - 19:00 to 21:00
    Orange Art Gallery
    290 City Centre Avenue
    Ottawa, ON K1R 1C7
    Canada

    In response to the Ottawa Public Health COVID-19 guidelines, Heritage Ottawa has cancelled the June lecture. We will announce a rescheduled date to soon. We apologize for any inconvenience this...

  • Delighting Visitors for Generations: The Restoration of The Opinicon
    Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 19:00 to 20:00
    Auditorium, Ottawa Public Library
    120 Metcalfe Street
    Ottawa, ON K1P 5M2
    Canada

    APRIL LECTURE POSTPONED

    In response to the Ottawa Public Health COVID-19 guidelines, Heritage Ottawa has cancelled the April lecture. We will announce a rescheduled date soon. We apologize...

  • The Changing Architectural Landscape of Vanier: Future Possible Avenues (IN FRENCH)
    Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 19:00 to 20:00
    Auditorium, Ottawa Public Library
    120 Metcalfe Street
    Ottawa, ON K1P 5M2
    Canada
    Le paysage architectural changeant de Vanier : Quelles avenues possibles?

    MARCH LECTURE POSTPONED

    In response to the guidance of Ottawa Public Health with regards to COVID-19 (coronavirus...

  • Cultural Landscapes of the LGBTTQ+ Community in Ottawa
    Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 19:00 to 20:00
    Auditorium, Main Branch
    Ottawa Public Library
    120 Metcalfe Street
    Ottawa, ON K1P 5M2
    Canada
    Heritage Ottawa 2020 Phillips Memorial Lecture

    Ottawa’s LGBTTQ+ community has an interesting history unique to many other cities. Due in part to the government employee purges during the 1950s to...

  • Omàmiwininì Pimàdjwowin: The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre
    Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 19:00 to 20:00
    Auditorium, Main Branch
    Ottawa Public Library
    120 Metcalfe Street
    Ottawa, ON K1P 5M2
    Canada
    = CANCELLED =

    January 17, 2020 — Heritage Ottawa regrets the cancellation of this lecture due to unforseen circumstances. We hope to reschedule soon. 

    Our free lecture season continues on...

  • National Capital Commission | Garden of the Provinces, 1962
    The Garden of the Provinces and Territories: Almost 50 years along!
    Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 19:00 to 21:00
    Christ Church Cathedral, Great Hall
    414 Sparks Street
    Ottawa, ON K1R 0B2
    Canada

    This presentation will reprise John Zvonar’s presentation at Heritage Ottawa in 2010, which was entitled “Terra Incognita: Ottawa’s Unfamiliar Landscapes.”

    More ‘familiar’ these days, the...

  • Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona | Photo: Mariana Esponda
    Reevaluation of Modern Sites
    Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 19:00 to 20:00
    Auditorium, Main Branch
    Ottawa Public Library
    120 Metcalfe Street
    Ottawa, ON K1P 5M2
    Canada

    The importance of conserving modern heritage has gained increasing prominence in recent years, as many unique sites have come under threat of destruction. Mariana Esponda will describe her...

  • Emerging Scholars: Two Talks and a Pub Night
    Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 19:00 to 20:00
    Brigid's Well
    Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts
    310 St. Patrick Street, at Cumberland
    Ottawa, ON K1N 5K5
    Canada

    Join us at 7 pm for two informative talks by recent graduates. Each talk will be 15 to 20 minutes in duration and the audience will have an opportunity to pose questions to the speakers.

    ...
  • Modern History: Preserving Canada’s Legacy of Modernism
    Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 19:00 to 20:00
    Ottawa Art Gallery, Alma Duncan Salon (Level 3)
    50 Mackenzie King Bridge
    Ottawa, ON K1N 0C5
    Canada

    The architecture of the Modernist movement once spoke of the future. Now the buildings of the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s are past middle age. They need work — and a critical look. This problem of modern...

  • Modernism for the Masses
    Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 19:00 to 21:00
    Orange Art Gallery
    290 City Centre Drive
    Ottawa, ON K1R 1C7
    Canada

    During the mid-20th century, Ottawa homebuilders introduced modern design to tract housing.

    Some embraced the modern ethos wholeheartedly, while others sprinkled touches of it throughout...

  • NCC’s Assessment and Rescue of Archaeological Legacy in the Capital Region: Summary of Results
    Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 19:00 to 20:00
    Auditorium, Ottawa Public Library
    120 Metcalfe Street
    Ottawa, ON K1P 5M2
    Canada

    The erosion of ancient shorelines along coasts and inland rivers and lakes due to sea level rise, and the increased frequency and severity of flooding has been characterized as a global crisis for...

  • Meet the Developers: Apartment Building Construction in Ottawa, 1900 to the Present 
    Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 19:00 to 20:00
    Auditorium, Ottawa Public Library
    120 Metcalfe Street
    Ottawa, ON K1P 5M2
    Canada

    Although developers of Ottawa’s apartment buildings are less well-known than the architects who designed them—after all, it is a building’s appearance that endures—it was these local entrepreneurs...

  • The Firestone Collection of Canadian Art: An Evening with Brenda Firestone
    Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 19:00 to 21:00
    Ottawa Art Gallery, Alma Duncan Salon (Level 3)
    50 Mackenzie King Bridge
    Ottawa, ON K1N OC5
    Canada
    Heritage Ottawa 2019 Phillips Memorial Lecture

    O.J. and Isobel Firestone were passionate collectors of Canadian art.  In the early 1950s, they embarked upon a collection that would grow to more...

  • Modern History: Preserving Canada’s legacy of modernism
    Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 19:00 to 21:00
    Ottawa Art Gallery, Alma Duncan Salon
    50 Mackenzie King Bridge
    Ottawa, ON K1N 0C5
    Canada
    = POSTPONED =

    Heritage Ottawa will be announcing a new date for this lecture soon.

    The annual PHILLIPS MEMORIAL LECTURE is taking place with a new guest speaker. Please join us at the...

  • The Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn
    Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 19:00 to 20:00
    Auditorium, Ottawa Public Library
    120 Metcalfe Street
    Ottawa, ON K1P 5M2
    Canada

    Join us for a special evening presentation by Pikwàkanagàn Elder Ron Bernard on the past and present of this vibrant Algonquin community.

    Pikwàkanagàn, meaning “a hilly place,” is situated...

  • Tempting Values for Early Shoppers: The Birth of Ottawa’s Department Stores
    Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 19:00 to 21:00
    Dominion-Chalmers United Church
    355 Cooper Street ( use entrance on Lisgar Street )
    Ottawa, ON K2P 0G8
    Canada

    The department store was the product of an increasingly leisured middle class, a new consumer economy, and architectural innovations like plate glass windows, electric lights and passenger...

  • Preserving Canada’s Heritage: The Foundation for Tomorrow
    Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 19:00 to 20:00
    Auditorium, Ottawa Public Library
    120 Metcalfe Street
    Ottawa, ON K1P 5M2
    Canada

    The federal government, proud steward of many national historic sites and other designated heritage properties, has an important role to play in the preservation of Canada’s built heritage and...

  • Emerging Scholars: Three Talks And a Pub Night
    Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 19:00 to 20:00
    Brigid's Well
    St. Brigid's Centre for the Arts
    310 St. Patrick Street at Cumberland
    Ottawa, ON K1N 5K5
    Canada

    Join us at 7pm for three informative talks by recent graduates. Each talk will be 15 to 20 minutes in duration and the audience will have an opportunity to pose questions to the speakers.

    ...
  • Flora Hall Brewing: Crafting the Future of a Derelict Building
    Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 19:00 to 20:00
    Auditorium, Ottawa Public Library
    120 Metcalfe Street
    Ottawa, ON K1P 5M2
    Canada

    For decades, Ottawans have lamented the loss of one structure, or the slow demolition by neglect of another as the city grows and develops—too often leaving history in its wake.

    This...

  • Carved in stone: The Art of Architectural Stone Carving
    Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 18:30 to 21:00
    Orange Art Gallery
    290 City Centre Avenue
    Ottawa, ON K1R 1C7
    Canada

    From the European guilds of the Gothic era to modern day digitally assisted techniques, John-Philippe Smith will discuss the history of stone carving as well as tales from his journey working as a...

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