2018 Historical Thinking Summer Institute

Dr. Lindsay Gibson working with participants at the 2017 HTSI.

This page will  be updated with information for the 2019 Historical Thinking Summer Institute shortly.  Please check back later for information on registration. In the meantime, explore the details of the 2018 HTSI below. 

Location:  Canadian Museum of History
Date: July 9–13, 2018

Only a few spots left

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Course Description



Historical thinking is now a foundation for history and social studies curricula across the country and internationally, and museum and heritage educators are similarly embracing it. The Historical Thinking Summer Institute (HTSI) is designed for teachers, graduate students, curriculum developers, professional development leaders, historians and museum educators who want to enhance their understanding of historical thinking and their expertise in designing history programs, courses, units, lessons, projects, or educational resources that explicitly focus on historical thinking.

Attendees of the 2018 Historical Thinking Summer Institute will participate in a variety of activities including presentations and workshops, learning activities in the exhibitions at the Canadian Museum of History, small group discussions of readings, and guest lectures to explore six historical thinking concepts: evidence and interpretations, significance, continuity & change, cause & consequence, perspective-taking, and the ethical dimension of history.

These concepts will shape the exploration of the substantive theme of this year’s HTSI “Thinking Historically about Public Commemorations.” In the last few years there have been numerous controversies about the commemoration of historical actors and events in public spaces and buildings both in and outside of Canada. Throughout the different activities at this year’s HTSI participants will use the six historical thinking concepts to think historically about the debates about public commemorations.

This is the first year in the history of the HTSI that we have both French and English speaking groups participating at the same time.


Dr. Catherine Duquette, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
Dr. Lindsay Gibson, University of Alberta
Dr. Carla Peck, University of Alberta
Heather Montgomery, Bank of Canada Museum

Fees and refund policy

July 9–13, 2018 | Fees: $525 ($500 + GST)

Please note that should the course be cancelled, a full refund will be issued. To withdraw from the 2018 Summer Institute please submit written notice by June 15 to be eligible for a full refund (less a $60 administration fee). No refund will be provided for cancellations received after this date.

For more information contact:
Joel Ralph, Canada’s History
204-988-9300 ext. 221

Only a few spots left

Secure your spot at the 2018 Historical Thinking Summer Institute in Ottawa-Gatineau today!


Facebook Group: Historical Thinking Summer Institute

To help everyone connect before and after the HTSI we have created a private Facebook group for HTSI participants from the past and present. It’s a private group, so you will have to request to join the group. Once you have registered for the HTSI click on the link above and request access to the group. 

Once you join the group feel free to ask questions, make comments, introduce yourself, or share information about accommodation, activities, and restaurants. 


Accommodations are the responsibility of the participant. Here are some suggestions to get you started (prices are approximates only).

Downtown Ottawa and Gatineau have many hotels of many varieties, most are a quick transit ride away from either or both museums, many are walking or biking distance, and both museums are connected by beautiful cycling paths along the Ottawa River. Here are some of the closest hotels to give you a sampling. Hotels tend to be less expensive on the Quebec side.

Four Points by Sheraton — Gatineau

Closest to the History Museum, standard rates — $160–200 per night
History Museum: 1 minute walk

Crowne Plaza Gatineau-Ottawa

Affordable Gatineau accommodations
$160–$200 per night
History Museum: 18 minute walk, 9 minute bus, or 7 minute cycle

Delta Hotel by Marriott — Ottawa City Centre

Standard rates — $230 per night
History Museum: 30 minute walk, 20 minute bus, or 15 minute cycle

Albert at Bay Suite Hotel

Large suites and hotel rooms — standard rates — $230 per night
History Museum: 30 minute walk, 20 minute bus, or 8 minute cycle

University Residences:

University of Ottawa

Accommodation in a variety of residence units — double room or suites with two rooms and shared bathroom. Approximately $150 for double occupancy.

Distance times are approximate and vary depending on the residence location.
History Museum: 30 minute walk, bus not great, 12 minute cycle

Université de Québec en Outaouais

315, boulevard Alexandre-Taché, appartement 202, Gatineau, Québec, J9A 1L8
These are a short drive from the museum. Parking is available.
History Museum: 30 minute walk, bus not great, 12 minute cycle

Other University Residences:

Carleton University and St. Paul University also have residence accommodations available for short term rental. They are about a 15–20 minute drive from the museum.

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