Valley Sketches (Series) (1973)

Valley Sketches was a 13-week documentary television series, exploring the annals of history and pieced together the rich heritage of the Ottawa Valley. This series of half-hour programs examined the origin, social development and architecture of the early setlements. Valley Sketches was first broadcast on CBOT, the CBC's Ottawa station, in the fall of 1973, and was broadcast on the entire CBC network beginning July 12, 1974. Bob Carl and Ken Dougan were hosts and narrators for the programs, taking viewers on a unique journey back into time, with the help of several local historians and the memories of elderly area residents. The series revealed the ancestral beginnings of the Ottawa area, including the towns of Richmond, Bell's Corners, Stittsville, Fallowfield, Lanark, Carleton Place, Almonte, Smith's Falls, Perth, Manotick, Osgood, Cumberland. Arnprior, Kemptville, Orleans and Hull. The hundreds of hours spent sifting through books, recorded interviews and photographs (many of them donated by CBOT viewers) enabled producer Cec Browne and writer-researcher Sheila Petzold to create a living history of the Ottawa Valley's pioneer era.

Sketch One looked at how the war of 1812 and Napolean's conquest of Europe helped shape the Ottawa Valley's beginnings, the military settlement founded at Perth in 1816, Perth as a judicial centre and the last fatal duel in the region. In subsequent weeks. Valley Sketches presented further exampies of the rich legacy of the valley as the cameras examined the records of a federal colony in McNabb Township, the founding of the timber trade, early customs and social life, the coming of the railway and the building of the Rideau Canal.

Bob Karl .... Host/narrator
Ken Dougan .... Host/narrator

Original Broadcaster(s): CBOT

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