Submitted by Donna Ross MDHS

On May 30th, the Merrickville and District Historical Society lecture features Bruce Deachman and his presentation, Front Page Ottawa – 1845 to Present. Please join us at 7 PM at the Merrickville Legion for some of the stories in the archives of the Ottawa Citizen that were local, national and international history.

This is a lecture about what made headlines on the newspaper’s front page, going back to 1845, the year of the first edition. Based on Bruce Deachman’s recently published book, Front Page Ottawa – 1845 to Present, the collection of stories covers important stories, routine stories, bizarre stories, humourous stories, and tragic stories that make up what Canada’s capital city is today.  The book, Front Page Ottawa tells it all.

If you are a reader of the Ottawa Citizen, you will be familiar with Bruce Deachman’s articles. His writings are delightful, sensitive, topical, heartwarming, humourous, and cover a wide range of topics, from health, politics, road potholes, cemeteries, octogenarian cyclists, sports, personalities, and city happenings.  Best of all, the human interest in each story is wonderful.

Bruce is a senior writer at the Ottawa Citizen.  His first published story occurred in February 1994.  Since then, countless weekly stories about the city have appeared that have you turn the pages of the newspaper to find them.  Pick up an Ottawa Citizen, if just for Bruce’s article!  

There will be a signed copy of Front Page Ottawa given to a lucky winner at the lecture.  And while you listen to Bruce, enjoy a treat from Violets on Main Bakery! 

With this lecture, the Merrickville and District Historical Society lecture series takes a break for the summer.  Watch for the fall series beginning in September.



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