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Arnold Roberts, 93, is photographed after being the first resident of a long-term care home in Ottawa to be immunized with the COVID-19 vaccination on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021. (Photo: Darren Brown)

As we move ahead into 2021, the Capital Heritage Connexion wishes You a Happier and Healthier New Year.  While 2021 brings hope with the rollout of new vaccines, challenges from the past year remain and are being exacerbated, such as with the new, more virulent variant of virus.  We need to stay vigilant, safely connected, and support each other through these still challenging times.

This is not the first time the Capital has had to invoke quarantine and isolation measures.  As told in Bytown Museum’s recent ‘Bytown Bit by Bit’ vlog, in 1832, Fitzgibbon’s Wharf near the Ottawa Locks became known as ‘Cholera Wharf’. Steamship travellers arriving there who were sick, were diverted to be isolated and treated at a ‘quarantine hospital’ built nearby on Sussex Drive.

If you are searching for new ways to connect in the new year, we are once again waiving our Membership fees in 2021.  We know this is a challenging time for most, so we encourage all to come together and join us in connecting our Heritage community.  To become one of our valued Members, follow this link to submit your application.

New year, new Heritage offerings to help us stay connected virtually!  The Bytown Museum has announced an inaugural virtual speaker series called ‘Beyond Bytown’ that will highlight many aspects of our local history.  Ingenium has launched their Learn at Home Series for families who are homeschooling.  And the Goulbourn Museum will be exploring the stories behind the names that appear in Goulbourn Township with their forthcoming series, ’What’s in a Name’.

Stay tuned on our social media channels and via email for more information on the Connexion’s own virtual offering, Heritage Day 2021 on February 16th, presented in partnership with the City of Ottawa Cultural and Heritage Programs and Spaces Branch.  Fittingly, this year, we celebrate the theme of Resiliency:  relying on our Heritage foundations to hold strong and help us pivot in a changing present for the wellbeing of our future generations.  We encourage you to save the date: February 16th from 11h30 to 12h30.

We look forward to connecting our community then, and throughout 2021!

Catherine Lindquist
Executive Director