Lost Stories


The Lost Stories Project engages Canadians in the process of commemorating their history. This project brings together members of the public, artists and filmmakers to explore little known stories about the Canadian past. Stories solicited from the public are handed over to artists who have the task of transforming them into inexpensive, site-specific works of public art. Finally, the creative journeys of the artists are documented by a series of short films published on this website. Along the way, forgotten moments from Canadian history are brought to light, and viewers have an opportunity to see the choices that have to be made when a story is transformed into a work of public art.

The project is directed by Ronald Rudin, a professor of history and affiliate of the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling at Concordia University in Montreal, where the project is based. His fellowship from the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation provided the funding for the project’s pilot episode, Thomas Widd’s Lost Story. The other four episodes have been made possible by funding from the Government of Canada’s Canada 150 Fund, created to mark the country’s 150th birthday.

The project’s activities have been overseen by a team that includes professors from a number of disciplines and from universities across Canada, as well as artists working in various media.

  • Keith Thor Carlson, Professor of History and Research Chair in Aboriginal and Community-engaged History at the University of Saskatchewan, served as project coordinator for the Lost Stories episode in British Columbia.
  • Lalie Douglas, Montreal artist, creator of the sculpture/mural for the first Lost Stories episode, Thomas Widd’s Lost Story.
  • Michelle Hamilton, Associate Professor and Director of the Public History MA at Western University.
  • Bernar Hébert, Montreal-based film producer and director, was the filmmaker responsible for the Lost Stories pilot documentary, Thomas Widd’s Lost Story, and was the series consultant for the subsequent episodes.
  • Antonia Hernandez & Corina MacDonald, Montreal-based graphic and web designers. Their firm MAT3RIAL created this website.
  • James Opp, Professor in the Department of History at Carleton University.
  • Ruth Sandwell, Professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, is the project’s educational consultant.
  • Tony Tremblay, Professor of English and Canada Research Chair in New Brunswick Studies at St. Thomas University.
  • John C. Walsh, teaches in the Department of History at Carleton University and is Co-Director of the Carleton Centre for Public History. He served as project coordinator for the Lost Stories episode in Ottawa.