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Margaret Coleman

Margaret Coleman, born in 1943, grew up in Ottawa’s Glebe community. The story she tells of her childhood is one of play and interaction. All of her stories are centered on how her surrounding landscape became transformed in a child’s eye. Everything took on a kind of ‘play value,’ a static hill became a place for sledding, the sidewalk a place for biking, and the larger Glebe community a place to traverse. Margaret’s childhood story unfolds in a three-part structure based on her interactions with her immediate neighbourhood, interactions with the larger community, and interactions with and at school. Between the time period of the 1940’s to the early 1960’s Margaret took the Glebe and created it her own image, designating importance to the landmarks and places she saw fit. Let us explore through the eye’s of a child the magic and vibrancy of the Glebe in the 1940’s to the early 1960’s.