History is what happens day to day, the little facts, people and places that make up the fabric of our lives. On Friday, November 25, Randy Boswell, former journalist at the Ottawa Citizen and professor of Journalism & Communication at Carleton University will delve into the fascinating stories found in newspapers, the old Almonte Gazette in particular. It was news at the time, and now it is history, a treasure trove of stories that can be easily accessed on line since the Gazette has been digitalized through a project undertaken by the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum.


Professor Boswell has long been interested in the intersection of journalism and history, and for 20 years he wrote national columns highlighting Canadian history long-forgotten or unknown. He delights in finding the unexpected, or as he says, those old historical scoops journalists enjoy.

Who knows what mysteries and stories he will discover through this lecture? It will undoubtedly encourage everyone to click into the Gazette website and find stories to which we can relate: people, places, events long-forgotten. It will be a source of inspiration for genealogists, archaeologists, or photographers to see what these old papers can divulge. For instance, the Legion and the high school joined forces to investigate veterans, using old newspapers and subsequent records, producing a written account of local soldiers serving in the World Wars. The Women’s Institute and its faithful article clippers will relish having information online. The news, the social pages, and the ads come to life to weave the story of the past.

This is the third offering of the Lecture Series. Professor Boswell will make historical research interesting through his own enthusiasm about journalism in these old newspapers: history, journalism, memory, a combination that defines us all.

Join this lively discussion on Friday, Nov. 25, 7:30 at the United Church Community Hall. The donation basket is on the table, but the lecture is free for everyone to attend.  In particular, students of history should consider this a valuable asset to their research capacity.

Get the whole scoop on the lecture series at: www.almontelectures.net